It seems that North Americans are once again denied their own version of the Holden Commodore Ute. This is said to be for two reasons: a strong Australian dollar, and the “Chicken Tax” — a tariff still lingering around from the Lyndon B. Johnson era. Ironically, the tax didn’t really involve taxing imported chicken, but rather on imported potato starch, dextrin, brandy, and pickup trucks. Over time, the taxes on the products have been lifted, except for one. You can probably guess which.
As a result, importing a pickup truck version of the upcoming Chevrolet SS from Australia seems out of the question, as the expensive tariff would apply.
Holden’s corporate affairs manager, Sean Poppitt said to Austrailia’s Herald Sun that a Ute was “not a serious option under the tariff regime,” and that “the tariff triples when you go from Commodore to Ute. It’s under a light commercial heading, so it’s a 35 per cent tariff.”
Now, anybody with a pair of eyes can immediately tell that the Ute is no Chevrolet Silverado. But unless GM decides to spend the resources in order to tool and build the two-seat niche vehicle in North America, it seems that the plans for a possible Chevrolet El Camino have been put on ice.