WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Apple Inc has asked for the Home’s administration to get rid of the tariffs on Chinese-made Apple Watch, iPhone spare parts, and other consumer products, according to the company, filed with the u.s. Trade Representative Office.
FILE PHOTO: A man displays the latest model of the Apple Watch at the launch of Mexico’s first flagship Apple store at the Antara shopping mall in Mexico City, Mexico-September 27, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Luis Cortes.
The company on Thursday sought the fee exemptions set out in 11 products, including the HomePod, speakers, iMac, computers, parts used in the repair of iphone, ipad, smart battery, cases, AirPods, and others. The public has until Nov. 14 to comment on the request.
Apple told the u.s. Trade Representative, Office products, consumer electronic devices, and are not of ‘strategic importance’ or ‘ in connection with ‘Made in China 2025’, or the Chinese industrial program at any time.
The exclusions from the exemption of the 15% of the tariffs, which came into force on Sept. 1.
FitBit, Inc. asked the administration to waive the rates on the fitness tracker. The company has told the government that “the vast majority of the world’s production capacity for a wrist-wearable communication devices in China.
The company added that, “while the Track is aware of the provisions currently in the production of household appliances in Taiwan and South Korea, all of these facilities are the property of, or otherwise be engaged, can Track the competitors who use them for their own brand production, so they will not be available for the Track.” Alphabet, Inc., announced Friday it has reached a deal to acquire the Track.
The Apple applications on the first day of the Trumpet, the administration began to accept the situation. An Apple spokesman had no immediate comment.
Apple’s wearables and accessories business, such as the Apple Watch, the AirPods and the HomePod – it brought in $24.5 billion in fiscal 2019 ending in September, or 9.4% of Apple’s revenue. Sales in this segment, there was an increase of 41% compared to the previous year, and the devices are a significant driver of the company’s business, such as the iPhone, the turnover decreased in the past four straight quarters.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook said Wednesday at the company’s earnings call, the company will pay some of the rates in the present day, as you are aware, a number of which came into effect in the pre-September, and a few others, that entered into force at the end of September. So, we are paying for some of them.”
Christie’s, Inc., has requested the remote control of the prices on some of the Chinese sculptures, statues, paintings, antique furniture and silverware, and other collectibles.
Sea Eagle Boats, Inc. filed requests to see the prices on some of the inflatable stand-up paddleboards.
Report by David Shepardson, additional reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco, Editing by Franklin Paul and David Gregorio