Apple Issues Letter Responding to President Trump’s Proposed Tarrifs

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Trump's comments come after Apple expressed dissatisfaction over his administration's China tariffs.

And wouldn't you know it, after seeing an outline of products that would be hit by the USA government's 25 per cent tax on $US200 billion-worth ($280 billion-worth) of imported Chinese tech, Apple penned a letter to the United States Trade Representative essentially saying, "Hey, would you not?"

"The $200 billion we're talking about could happen very soon", Trump said.

Mr Trump told reporters traveling with him to Fargo, North Dakota that "behind that, there's another US$267 billion ready to go on short notice if I want".

"That totally changes the equation", Mr Trump said.

Second, because all tariffs ultimately show up as a tax on US consumers, they will increase the cost of Apple products that our customers have come to rely on in their daily lives.

On the $200 billion list are consumer products such as cameras, suitcases, tires and vacuum cleaners, which would see a tariff of 10% to 25% levied upon them.

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The Trump administration has imposed tariffs of $US50 billion on imports from China, mostly equipment and material used by manufacturers.

On Wednesday, Apple warned in a letter to the USA trade representative that Apple's competitiveness could be hurt, leading to higher prices for consumers.

In August 2018, the surplus was $31,05 billion, up from $28.09 billion in July.

China's exports to the United States rose 13.2 percent in August from a year earlier, accelerating from an 11.2 percent increase in July, the Journal reported based on its calculations from customs data.

Beyond the core products, Apple said accessories like the HomePod speaker, some Beats speakers, AirPort and Time Capsule internet routers, the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad, and leather cases for the iPhone, iPad, MacBook and Apple Pencil would be affected.

In its letter this week to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Apple said that "because all tariffs ultimately show up as a tax on USA consumers, they will increase the cost of Apple products that our customers have come to rely on in their daily lives". But, as the Guardian noted, Trump's tariffs are not working.

Specifically, Kudlow said, the United States was seeking "zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, zero subsidies, stop the IP theft, stop the technology transfer, allow Americans to own their own companies".

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