Date
14 October 2019
Fitbit began exploring alternatives to China in a bid to shield itself from the Sino-US tariff war. Photo: Bloomberg
Fitbit began exploring alternatives to China in a bid to shield itself from the Sino-US tariff war. Photo: Bloomberg

Fitbit to shift production out of China from January

Fitbit said on Wednesday that it will manufacture all its trackers and smart watches outside China from January, in an apparent move to insulate itself from tariffs, Reuters reports. 

The wearable device maker was quoted as saying that it began exploring alternatives to China in 2018 as Washington and Beijing engaged in a tit-for-tat tariff war.

In June, Fitbit joined a group of US companies in filing letters of opposition to President Donald Trump’s plan for more US tariffs on Chinese goods.

The tariffs would result in a competitive advantage for Chinese device makers in the US market, the company had said.

Fitbit’s smart watches, along with Apple’s AirPods, Apple Watch and HomePod, and smart speakers from Amazon and Google, failed to win a reprieve from the 10 percent US tariff that started from Sept. 1.

Fitbit did not reveal the new manufacturing location, only saying it will provide more details of the impact of the move during its upcoming third-quarter conference call, Reuters noted.

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