Apple Watch, FitBit could feel cost of U.S. tariffs

Marco Green
July 20, 2018

According to government rulings on tariffs reviewed by Reuters, Apple watches, Fitbit fitness trackers and Sonos speakers are among the electronics assembled in China that could be affected. Word is that Apple CEO Tim Cook has been assured by members of the current administration that the iPhone will be exempt from the new tariffs, despite logically falling in the tariff category of "data transmission machines".

Customs rulings specifically declare that Apple Watch; Fitbit Charge, Charge HR and Surge; and Sonos Play:3, Play:5 and SUB fall under that subheading.

The $200 billion list is in a public comment period, and was proposed as a reaction to China's retaliatory tariffs after the trade war between the two nations escalates. So, for the next few weeks or months, companies, lobbying groups, and individuals have the ability to weigh in on the situation and to try to get the executive branch and/or U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to change the details of the new regulations.

Gadgets like Apple Watches, Fitbit activity trackers and Sonos speakers could be impacted by $200 billion list of United States tariffs on goods made in China, government rulings show.

The New York Times has reported that Trump told Apple CEO Tim Cook during a meeting in May that the USA government would not levy tariffs on iPhones assembled in China, citing a person familiar with the meeting.

Sage Chandler, vice president for global trade policy at the Consumer Technology Association, said the way Trump has been using his trade authority are a direct example of him using his authority to target specific products and companies.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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