Earlier this month, Apple wrote a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative. The missive from Cupertino complained that some Apple products were included on a list of $200 billion worth of Chinese imports that could face tariffs imposed by the United States Department of Homeland Security. The Apple products on the list reportedly included the Apple Watch, Apple Pencil, the HomePod smart speaker, AirPods and various chargers, cables and adapters.
Bloomberg says that various high-tech items will be excluded from the final list of $200 billion worth of Chinese imports subject to the 10% tariff. A pair of sources cited by Bloomberg say that when the final list is released on Monday, the product code covering the Apple Watch and AirPods, along with other smartwatches and fitness trackers, will be excluded from that list.But a fresh report published today by
President Donald Trump has been upset at the size of the U.S. trade deficit with China and has instigated a trade war with the country in an attempt to lower the gap between the value of Chinese imports of U.S. goods and U.S. imports of Chinese goods. Many experts believe that the president's way of thinking about the deficit is wrong, and that a large deficit with China means that U.S. consumers are able to afford the latest high tech products. According to these experts, a large U.S. trade deficit with China means that America is a wealthy country and American consumers can afford the most up-to-date devices.
About a week and a half ago, Trump sent out a tweet in which he wrote that Apple could avoid having tariffs placed on its products if it would build new factories in the U.S. and have its products built by U.S. workers. While Apple designs its products in the U.S., they are manufactured mostly in China. This means that they are considered to be imported from China into the U.S. and are subject to having tariffs imposed on them.