Technology Apple gets US approval for Mac Pro tariff exemptions
Trump tweets Apple will not receive tariff waivers for parts made in China
President Trump tweeted his administration will not grant Apple any tariff waivers for parts for its new Mac Pro that are made in China. © Brittany Hosea-small/AFP/Getty Images, FILE In this file photo taken on June 3, Apple's new Mac Pro sits on display in the showroom during Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose, Calif. "Make them in the USA, no Tariffs!" the President tweeted on Friday. Trump appeared to be responding to tariff exemption requests the Cupertino-based company filed with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on July 18. Apple's requests were first reported by Bloomberg.
President Trump may havein July that Apple wouldn't get tariff exemptions for the , but the reality is very different. The US Trade Representative's office has that regulators approved 10 out of 15 of the company's tariff exemptions for computer components focusing primarily on the Mac Pro. It's not certain how much any remaining tariffs will affect pricing for the workstation, but any damage will clearly be limited.
Reports have circulated that Apple was, but that's not necessarily the case. Tim Cook mentioned during Apple's call that the company wanted to keep making Mac Pros in the US and was investing in additional capacity. Even if Apple does assemble the reworked Mac in the US, though, tariffs could still be painful. Many of the parts Apple needs are still likely to be made in China, and those costs could quickly add up.
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The company isn't alone, either. Regulators also pulled tariffs for electronics that affect other PC makers, including those for partial circuit boards and graphics cards. If they hadn't, there was a good possibility that many computers would have become more expensive, including homebuilt PCs using Chinese parts. Apple has simply been one of the largest targets, and still risks significant cost increases if the US goes forward with a new round of tariffs. ,
Apple fails to get tariff exemption for five Mac Pro components .
Apple confirmed in late September that it's manufacturing the redesigned Mac Pro in its Austin, Texas plant. That might have been partly enabled by securing exemptions from Trump's China tariffs for 10 out of 15 Mac Pro components made in the Asian country. What happened to the other five, you ask? Well, according Bloomberg, the US Trade Representative's office has refused to grant Apple's requests for the rest of the items. That means those five components, including the computer's optional wheels, will be subject to the 25 percent tariff imposed on goods imported from China.
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