Apple seeks waivers from China tariffs on components, Watch

San Francisco, Nov 2 (IANS) Apple has asked for more exemptions on tariffs on Chinese-made Apple Watches, iPods, iPhone components and other consumer products from the US government. The new tariffs took effect in September as part of the US-China trade war, the media has reported.

The iPhone maker has had mixed success in getting the US Trade Representative’s office to approve tariff waivers for its products and components that are made in China.

Now, Apple has submitted more official requests to the US Trade Representative’s office asking for an exemption from the 15 per cent tariffs currently hitting its Apple Watch, iMac, and some of its iPhone components. Requests were made for a total of 11 products and/or components, 9to5Mac reported on Friday quoting Bloomberg.

Other Apple products include the immensely popular AirPods, HomePod, Beats products, and other components like batteries for the iPhone and MacBook.

US President Donald Trump originally said the iPhone maker would not get any relief for Mac Pro components but 10 waivers ended up being approved in September. However, at the end of September, the remaining requests for Mac Pro waivers were denied.

Earlier in September, US tech giant Apple announced that it will manufacture its new Mac Pro in the United States rather than China.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said on his official blog that the new generation of the Mac Pro, its top-of-the-line and most powerful computer, will be manufactured in Austin, Texas, at the same facility where it has made the Mac Pro since 2013, as part of the firm’s “commitment” to “US economic growth”, according to Efe news.

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