Apple Is Denied Tariff Relief on Five Mac Pro Parts After Staying in Texas

Apple Is Denied Tariff Relief on Five Mac Pro Parts After Staying in Texas

HIGHLIGHTS
  • USTR’s office denied Apple’s request for relief from 25 percent tariffs
  • USTR had earlier agreed to request for waivers on 10 of 15 Chinese parts
  • Apple had announced it was keeping some assembly operations in the US

Apple won’t be exempted from tariffs on five Chinese-made components for the upcoming Mac Pro computer, even after the company announced it was keeping some assembly operations in the US.

The US trade representative’s office denied Apple’s request for relief from 25 percent tariffs on the much-discussed optional wheels for Apple’s Mac Pro, a circuit board for managing input and output ports, a power adapter, a charging cable and a cooling system for the computer’s processor.

The decisions, posted Monday, come about a week after Apple announced it would make new Mac Pro computers at a plant in Austin, Texas – which it’s operated since 2013 – after originally considering shifting production to China like its other products. The move followed an announcement this month that the US trade office had agreed to Apple’s request for tariff waivers on 10 of 15 Chinese parts.

President Donald Trump on Monday linked on his Twitter account to a Fox Business story about Apple’s plans in Texas and praised the company for supporting US jobs.