Apple could be spared for the last round of Chinese import tariffs [u]

Apple products, including the Apple and AirPods, can be saved by being subject to fees stemming from the ongoing Chinese trade war, reports a report, apparently excluding the product key associated with the devices from the Trump tariff plans. -administration.

A proposal to extend the US import tariffs for China with a value of $ 200 billion worth of imported goods to the United States was found to include a number of Apple products. Previous tariff plans had no impact on the company's offer, but the $ 200 billion proposal covered a long list of product codes, including those for which devices such as the Apple and AirPods were classified.

The Trump administration is expected to release a definitive list of product codes that would be affected by the proposal by imposing a new 10 per cent rate on affected devices, according to five sources of Bloomberg. That list can be released on Monday.

Two of the sources of the report mention product codes used for the Apple and AirPods are not included in the list, suggesting that Apple's products will continue to prevent them from being affected by trade measures. The product key also covers a number of other similar devices, including smart and fitness trackers produced by Apple's competitors.

Other Apple products under the excluded code are the HomePod, Beats headphones and Apple's AirPort and Time Capsule hardware.

Earlier in September, Apple wrote to US sales representative Robert Lighthizer that rates hit the US hardest, and not China, and would lead to lower US growth and competitiveness and higher prices for US consumers. The letter resulted in Apple's sentiment from a recent filing of the Securities and Exchange Commission, which included the rates and other protectionist measures & # 39; would damage the company financially.

While previously President Donald Trump Apple Director Tim Cook assured that the iPhone will not be affected, he has since argued that there is a solution to the problems of Apple's tariffs, namely moving production from China to the United States.

Although it is possible that Apple is spared the consequences of the rates in the United States, the same can not be said about his fate with the Chinese government. A report earlier on Monday claims that China is considering restricting "sale of materials, equipment and parts key to US manufacturers" as retaliation of the new rates, if they are implemented.

Updating: The Trump government broke China on Monday with rates for $ 200 billion of goods, which escalated a trade war with the Asian giant, reports The New York Times. As reported, smart and Bluetooth devices were removed from the list below about 300 product lines at the request of US companies, including Apple.

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