Apple denied tariff exemption on 5 Mac Pro components

Apple denied tariff exemption on 5 Mac Pro components

Apple denied tariff exemption on 5 Mac Pro components

The USTR said the five exclusion requests were denied because Apple couldn't prove the tariffs would "cause severe economic harm" to the company or other USA interests.

In September, Apple announced their new 2019 Mac Pro will be assembled in the United States, following a USA government tariff exemption for numerous components used in the new Mac.

Apple even played ball by publicly committing to making the computers in Texas, something that US President Donald Trump was only too happy to tweet about. Apple, however, has made it clear that its commitment to American design and manufacturing is real, and results in over 450,000 U.S.jobs just in suppliers alone.

Things could have been worse as President Trump initially declared that Apple will absolutely get no relief.

Apple and the USTR didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

The U.S. Trade Representative said Apple "failed to show that the imposition of additional duties on the particular product would cause severe economic harm to you or other U.S. interests". "Make your products in the United States instead of China".

Whether Apple's failure to secure an exemption for the five components will have an impact on the Mac Pro's pricing remains to be seen.

Announced at WWDC, the redesigned Mac Pro features a starting price of $5,999 and comes equipped with an eight-core Xeon processor, 32GB of RAM, and a Radeon Pro 580X video card.

Dave Hamilton, who co-founded the Apple-focused news site The Mac Observer, says Apple was able to keep Mac Pro production in Austin because it likely worked out a deal with the government. "Start building new plants now". The Apple Watch, AirPods, and iMac were hit by 15 percent tariffs beginning in September, while the iPhone and iPad will be affected in December. The computer doesn't have an exact release date yet, though Apple said it'll begin production "soon".

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