At the end of last month, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is moving its Mac Pro production from the U.S. to China.
Later on, Apple has asked for import tariff exclusion, concerning 15 Mac Pro components made in China. The company argued in a filing that “There are no other sources for this proprietary, Apple-designed component”.
Last Friday (July 26), President Trump tweeted that his administration will not give tariff wavers, or any kind of relief, for Mac Pro parts made in China.
Even since his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has pressured Apple to move the production of some of its device in the United States. After the imposed tariffs on China imports last year, President Trump commented that the only way for Apple to avoid price increase, is to move product production to the United States.
As you know, the Trump administration proposed a new 25% tariff on $300 billion in Chinese goods, which are not already subject to tariffs. However, after the G20 meeting with Chinese officials, Trump agreed to postpone plans for said additional tariffs, indefinitely.
Many tech companies continue to worry that this trade truce could fall apart. They also say that such tariffs would increase costs for consumers, and harm their abilities to make a profit. That’s why it comes as no surprise that companies like Apple, HP, Dell Technologies, Intel, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and many more, have asked for their products to be excluded from the tariff in question.
The Mac Pro is supposed to go on sale this fall.