iPhones, iPads and MacBooks will now face a 15% tariff from December, up from the 10% previously announced. In addition, the rate of 25% set to hit desktop Macs, AirPods, Watch and more on September 1 will now be increased to 30%.
Trump added the threats in to a recent tweet after China reacted in form to previous tariffs imposed by the US government, and this has now become official …
Reuters reports that the policy was confirmed by the US Trade Representative's office.
The Trump administration on Wednesday officially raised its $ 5 billion $ 5 billion tariff on Chinese imports and set collection dates Sept. 1 and Dec. 15, prompting hundreds of U.S. retail, footwear, toy and technology companies to to warn of price hikes […]
US Customs and Border Protection will also begin collecting a 15% tariff on December 15 on the rest of the $ 300 billion list, including cell phones, laptops, toys and clothing, USTR said in the Federal Register archive.
US President Donald Trump announced I increase to 15% from 10% last Friday on Twitter, escalating the bitter US-China trade war after Beijing backed with US tariffs on US goods to $ 75 billion, including crude.
USTR states that an official announcement will follow shortly from the jump from 25% to 30% in the tariffs that apply from Sunday. Trump's series of tweets sent AAPL shares down 4%.
Apple Products Affected by Customs Tariffs of 30% and 15%
A recent analysis showed that the following Apple products will be affected by 30% tariff rates on September 1:  Desktop Macs (although Apple can argue that the iMac should be excluded)
While the 15% toll landing December 15 will apply to a wider range of Apple products:  iPhone
So far it seems Apple plans to absorb the extra costs. It was previously estimated that the original tariff rates of 10% and 25% could cut AAPL revenue by 4% – with the increased tariffs now set to hit the company's bottom line even harder.
Although Trump said that Apple CEO Tim Cook made a "compelling argument" against the tariffs, that argument seems to have been forgotten by the president.
Apple's dependence on China unchanged
With the tariffs that applied to all Apple products imported to the United States from China, there have been speculations that the Cupertino company is working to reduce dependence on Chinese suppliers, a Reuters analysis suggests this is not the case.
Although Apple suppliers have opened new facilities in other countries, these have limited capacity – most of the expansion in Apple's contract production has occurred in China.
Tapping factories in Brazil and India has not reduced Apple's dependence on China, the company's supply chain shows, and increases efforts for the iPhone manufacturer since the US President Donald Trump is waging a trade war and promising more tariffs.
Apple faces 15% levy imposed by Trump's administration on court ed products manufactured in China as smart watches and wireless headphones on September 1, with a tariff on its biggest seller, the iPhone, due to come into force on December 15.
The analysis acknowledges the expansion in the number of assembly plants in India in recent years, but says that while these have grown from zero in 2015 to three in 2019, the number of Apple's Chinese assembly plants has increased from 30 to 52 in the same timeframe.
The factories outside China are smaller, and for India and Brazil only Apple uses them to meet domestic demand. Apple's contract factories in China, meanwhile, have added far more locations than outside, with Foxconn alone expanding from 19 locations in 2015 to 29 in 2019 and Pegatron going from eight to 12, according to Apple's data. The new places come as Apple has added watches, smart speakers and wireless headphones to the product range.
Reuters seems to be wrong at one point. It says that Indian-produced iPhones are only sold in the country, while a report from from the Economic Times said last month that this was no longer true.
Some Apple iPhones produced in India, which represent a significant milestone, are now being exported to countries in Europe for sale.
However, these numbers were minimal, so the main point stands.
Photo: Leah Millis / Reuters
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