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No Relief For Apple For Its Mac Pro Parts Made In China: Trump

No Relief For Apple For Its Mac Pro Parts Made In China: Trump
The its new Mac Pro from Apple is being manufactured in China and not in the United States and this apparently is the reason that has prompted US president Donald Trump to rule against the American tech giant with respect to exemption from trade tariffs.
Trump tweeted on Friday that no tariff relief would be given to Apple for Mac Pro parts built in China. He also urged the company to manufacture the computers in the US instead of China.
"Apple will not be given Tariff wavers, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China," the president tweeted. "Make them in the USA, no Tariffs!"
There is a possibility that Apple CEO Tim Cook may ultimately shift production of the computers to Texas, Trump told reporters later on Friday.
"A man I have a lot of liking for and respect is Tim Cook, and we'll work it out. I think they're going to announce they're going to build a plant in Texas. And if they do that, I'm starting to get very happy," Trump said at the White House, according to a report published by Reuters.
An application for exclusion of parts for its new Mac Pro from import tariffs was filed by Apple with the Trump administration. The company has reportedly chosen China instead of the US for the manufacturing of the new Mac Pro which would be priced at $5,999 per computer and one that was unveiled at this year's WWDC. The earlier model of the Mac Pro dating back to 2013 is about the only computer that the company manufactures in the United States.
According reports citing filings from the Office of the US Trade Representative, Apple appealed to the Trump administration not to levy the 25 per cent import tariffs on a number of parts of the computer which includes the computer's stainless steel and aluminum frame, internal cables and circuit boards. Reports states that the features mentioned in the document are similar to those of the computer even though Apple has not explicitly mentioned the name of the Mac Pro.
Tariffs would "result in a reduction of Apple's US economic contribution," Apple said in a June letter to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The company said that higher tariff would impact the all of its major products of the company as well as accessories such as monitors, batteries and all other parts that the used for repairing of its devices. The US tech giant has also said that its competitiveness would be hurt by the tariffs and "tilt the playing field in favor of our global competitors."
There were no comments available from the White House or Apple over the issue.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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