No tariff relief for Apple Mac Pro parts from China: Trump

July 29, 2019 09:05
Apple is facing growing pressure from the Trump administration to move assembly of Mac Pro desktop computers into the United States. Photo: Bloomberg

US President Donald Trump said on Friday that his administration will not grant Apple any relief for tariffs on parts made in China for its Mac Pro computer.

“Apple will not be given Tariff waiver, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China. Make them in the USA, no Tariffs!” Trump said in a tweet, Reuters reports.

On July 18, Apple asked the US Trade Representative’s office to waive 25 percent tariffs on 15 parts, including ones for the Mac Pro desktop computer. The public comment period for those requests closes on Aug. 1.

Trump later told reporters on Friday that he thinks Apple would build a plant in Texas, without elaborating on exactly what he was referring to or how he knew.

“I want Apple to build their plants in the United States. I don’t want them to build them in China. So when I heard they were going to build it in China, I said, ‘No, that’s OK, you can build it in China but when you send your product into the United States we’re going to tariff you,” he said.

“We’ll work it out,” he said. “I think they’re going to announce that they’re going to build a plant in Texas. And if they do that, I’m starting to get very happy.”

Trump has previously made claims about Apple’s plans to build new US plants, which have not materialized, Reuters noted.

Apple did say in December it would build a second campus in Austin, Texas. The company is also spending US$390 million with supplier Finisar that helped the chipmaker re-open a 700,000-square-foot factory in Texas.

The Wall Street Journal reported in June that Apple is shifting manufacturing of its new Mac Pro desktop computer to China from Texas.

Apple issued a statement at the time that “like all of our products, the new Mac Pro is designed and engineered in California and includes components from several countries including the United States” and emphasized that “final assembly is only one part of the manufacturing process.”

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