Apple sends letter to U.S. Trade Rep. to complain about tariffs to be placed on certain products

Apple sends letter to U.S. Trade Rep. to complain about tariffs to be placed on certain products
After attacking Amazon and Google, President Donald J. Trump is now going after the most sacred of tech cows: Apple. The company sent a letter today to the U.S. Trade Representative stating that the president's proposed tariffs on $200 billion worth of imported Chinese goods would affect the Apple Watch, HomePod, AirPods and Apple Pencil. In addition, chargers, cables and accessories could be slapped with a tariff.

How would that affect U.S. consumers? To the extent that Apple does not want to eat the additional cost and raises its pricing on these items, American shoppers would have to dig a little bit deeper into their wallets to buy them.

Apple CEO Tim Cook had met several times this year with Trump, telling the president that a trade war with China was not a good idea. At one meeting, the president reportedly promised that the iPhone would not be on the list. Despite denials by the administration, Trump did not include Apple's iconic smartphone as one of the devices that could be subject to tariffs. It should be noted that the president does use a pair of iPhones and disseminates his tweets on one of them.


The president has entered into this trade war on his belief that the U.S. trade deficit with China is unfair to U.S. consumers. In Trump's mind, the deficit means that when it comes to trade, America is "losing." White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters told CNBC this afternoon, "USTR is conducting a thorough review of public submissions. However, potential scenarios like this only further reinforce the importance of how getting China to play by the rules and fix their unfair practices will be good for the US and global economy."

Currently, the U.S. is imposing tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports. Another $200 billion in goods, including the aforementioned Apple products, could soon start having tariffs slapped on them. And an additional $267 billion could also be affected down the road. While Apple designs its products in the U.S., they are assembled, boxed and shipped from China.

source: Bloomberg

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45 Comments

1. TechNeck

Posts: 649; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

If they do place the tariffs, I don't think I'll buy an iPhone for a while. Especially looking at the prices they have now.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don’t blame you one bit.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Daayyyyyuuuummmmmmm Trump! This idiot needs to be removed from office ASAP, he's an A1 idiot.

15. audibot

Posts: 600; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

why because he wants Americans across the country to have a better life and pay, and since we pay money to all these countries in aid and other things we get jack all, no bro as a new American citizen i say he is doing an amazing job best in the last 25 yrs

41. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Well Audiobot what good is having a slightly better pay when everything you can buy with that pay gets more expensive at twice the rate your pay went up? You end up spending more to get less. That's what Trump is doing. People like you who buy into all of his populist bulls**t, never seem to think long term. Meanwhile Trump has been doing what he can to make sure he makes money from it all when he stops being president. The guy couldn't care less about hard-working Americans, it's all about looking after his own and his family's financial wellbeing.

43. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Absolutely week said.

9. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Yeah prices suck but I don’t mind paying taxes. Hopefully soon enough they make those phones in america

31. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

They will, but only when they are going to be made by robots, so that the citizens of US get the same amount (or less) of money.

10. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

So Trump needs to not put tariffs on China for all those stealing they do from USA worth about $500 billion a year just to keep iPhone prices lower?? Or should Apple help Trump with this by taking the side of their own country which is obviously USA and try to punish China and take back what they awe USA? Question of the day.

32. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Dude, those taxes will only affect the consumer, not trump, not politicians and certainly not phone makers. US has a great saying - follow the money - which I see its citizens have forgotten...

33. raky_b

Posts: 384; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

What exactly China is stealing from you!? It is capitalism that you need to blame...not the China. It's not their blame that all US companies are trying to make more profits by reducing cost of manufacturing... They would like to have FREEDOM and salaries high like American workers, but Apple and others knows why they are producing there using slaves, and not paying them as much they should. Profit...it is everything. And one day if you close your economy, build a walls around you....it will help my small country to restart our own economy destroyed by your, American hunger for profit. Everyone for them self!!! So, please...continue what you are doing Mr.Trump.

29. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Do you think a dumb human being such as trump is going to stop at Apple?!

34. Framm

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

So you think is fair fo US products get hit with a tariff when they get exported to China so they can't compete in that market and when US imports products from China they shouldn't pay a tariff to keep China's economy strong and at the same time hurting US manufacture because they can't compete with the prices here in the US either. Just a dumb liberal would think that's fine

37. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Do you think that you'll see a penny from all that taxes?! No, dude, you'll pay a higher price for a product and the same taxes you have been paying last year. Why do you think US is selling its products in China, if it doesn't like the Chinese taxes?! US should stop selling there to get rid of that problem and not transfer the cost of a illogical economic war to US consumers.

39. Framm

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

When a company can export its products it helps the local economy so even if you have a tariff you want to export to expand your products globally so if we do what you are suggesting it would hurt our economy all that the administration is trying to do is to have a fair trade, they already stated that if China can lower their tariffs then we would do the same and that exact issue we had when we got out of NAFTA. We had a deficit and all we want is fair trades, we no longer have an idiot in running the country that believes the US owes the world something and it was ok to make trades to benefits other countries.

40. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Why do you think the Chinese (European, Japanese etc) people should buy US made products and support, with THEIR money - the US economy, US companies and their global expansion? An iPhone - the physical product - costs about 350$ to make and sells for 1k$; the difference - software, services, support, marketing, shipping, insurance, credits etc - is money that is being made, mainly, by US economy. Every Chinese buyer gives US 650$ and only receives 350$. The same logic applies to a lot of products: clothes (10$ to make in Vietnam, 100$ on the shelves of Hanoi stores), cars (10k$ to make one in Mexico, 25k the price at the dealer in Guadalajara) etc. Now, tell me how is it a fair trade, US wanting to get even more money?

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

PA, y'all gotta fix the site. The redesign is beautiful, but all these duplicate posts man. Geez.

6. Subie

Posts: 2350; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Amen to that.

50. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Amen to that

7. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Gotta love the armchair financial experts with their extensive business dealings. Anyone with internet can look up the Trump administrations accomplishments, and the current numbers for new jobs, unemployment, the stock market, consumer confidence, to see he is putting in the work. Makes Obama look like a substitute teacher. The alpha dogs are running the show again, setting records The left doesn't like Trump because he's doing a bad job, but because he's doing such a great job and makes them (rightly) look incompetent.

8. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

"Anyone with internet can look up the Trump administrations accomplishments, and the current numbers for new jobs, unemployment, the stock market, consumer confidence, to see he is putting in the work." Fake news bruh.... Trump knows all about em.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly lol. I was like, why even respond to that fool.

14. audibot

Posts: 600; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

so since apple cares so much about the consumer why not open a factory in middle of the usa and make items here the mid states have cheap workers and property taxes and states tax and would love apples factory and then all that money would be saved from shipping and you could have designed in California and made in America, the world will still buy the items and all that sales tax will go to usa and aid with infrastructure and other things green power out in the mid states. o wait i forgot its apple we are talking about they dont want to pay taxes so keeping it hidden around the world and not reporting taxes is what they do and screw the consumer is there motto

27. cmdacos

Posts: 4099; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

They can't make a factory in USA because quality would go down as would production numbers.

19. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Trump runs business after business into bankruptcy, he will do the same to America.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don't even have the energy to argue with these fools dude. I could flatten them, but I'm not gonna debate with a bunch of racist fools that support that racist orange idiot.

28. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The very same people who are championing Trump, are the ones who Trump would never associate with in his life. To him, they’re all exploitable utilities. The “growing” economy has been on the upscale since the last administration. He’s just taking credit for a natural scale in progression; he didn’t do anything for the average worker, other than impose more taxes on them so the rich corporations and donors could live more lavishly than they already do tax cuts for them. Someone’s going to have to pay for those cuts and it’s going to be middle America People like the ones in this comment section actively vote against their own best interest

38. Framm

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

You could argue the Democrats have been behind African American votes but yet they don't help their communities, the only reason why the want to help illegal immigrants is because they are looking for votes but yet they couldn't even pass a bill.

36. Framm

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

Why would anybody be called racist just for wanting a president who puts our interest first? You must be a dumb a p of s that believes you know it all.

47. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

You don't have an argument, except "orange man bad". Oh, and the intellectually and politically lazy calling people racist. Might as well say "poopy heads".

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