Apple asks government for tariff exemption on Mac Pro parts imported from China

midian182

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As reported by Bloomberg, Apple filed exemption requests with the Office of the US Trade Representative that were posted on July 18. It requests 15 components be excluded from the import tariffs, and while it doesn’t mention the Mac Pro by name, many of the parts appear to be designed for the expensive desktop computer, including power supplies, graphics processing modules, internal cables and circuit boards, the stainless steel and aluminum frame, and the optional wheels. The company also wants its Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad excluded.

“There are no other sources for this proprietary, Apple-designed component,” states the filings.

The Mac Pro had been Apple’s only major device to be built in the US, having been assembled in Texas since 2013, but it was recently revealed that the machine would be built by contract manufacturer Quanta Computer in China. An Apple spokesperson said the Mac Pro is designed and engineered in the US and contains some US-made components.

Apple has seen several of its products, including the Apple Watch and AirPods, excluded from tariffs in the past.

After imposing tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods last year, Trump threatened to impose 25 percent tariffs on an additional $300 billion in Chinese imports in May.

Apple unveiled the new Mac Pro back in June. It starts at $5,999 but those who want the top specs, $5,000 Pro Display XDR monitor, and the $1,000 Pro Stand might have to pay over $50,000 for the full setup.

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Footlong

TS Addict
And now American capitalism will look like Latin American capitalism, that is cronyism. Where big corporations with interest groups or friends with the king will receive advantages and everyone else has to fend for themselves. This happens a lot south of the border with Mexico.
 

lipe123

TS Evangelist
Lmao, soo it's fine that huawei gets banned on false accusations but Apple gets a free pass with their spyware infested chinese parts?
(yes I know there is no spyware I'm making a comparison with the same BS accusation that was used against huawei)

Pretty funny how the trade ban works great until it actually affects Apple and then suddenly it's terrible.
All they need to do is sell their mac pro stands for $2000 to make up for the increased costs of manufacturing in USA or mexico?
 
And now American capitalism will look like Latin American capitalism, that is cronyism. Where big corporations with interest groups or friends with the king will receive advantages and everyone else has to fend for themselves. This happens a lot south of the border with Mexico.
"And now...", huh? Just now, cronyism is rearing its head?

From the very beginning, it's always been the name of the game. For any modern nation. They were all founded and funded by the same bankster Families, and crony capitalism is just another marketing ploy, a brand. Much like socialism, it's just another disguise of actual fascism.