Trump Refuses to Provide Relief to Apple for Mac Pro Components Built in China
Earlier this week, Apple requested the Trump administration to exclude components that make up the forthcoming Mac Pro from import tariffs as the U.S. President had promised relief if companies can show that parts or products can only be obtained from China.
However, President Trump has today said on Twitter that Apple will not be given any tariff waiver or relief for Mac Pro parts manufactured in China (via CBC News). Instead, Trump called on Apple to build the parts in the U.S.
“Apple will not be given Tariff wavers (sic), or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China,” President Trump said. “Make them in USA, no Tariffs!”
Apple is seeking relief from duties of 25% on key parts and accessories for its high-end desktop computer. According to filings posted by the Office of U.S. Trade Representative, Apple said that tariffs would “also weigh on Apple’s global competitiveness” since Chinese companies compete with the products made by Apple.
Apple also noted in its filing that there are “no other sources for this proprietary, Apple-designed component.”