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Apple: Proposed China tariffs will make Watch, AirPods more expensive

HomePod and Mac mini may also cost more if the levies are enforced.
Kris Holt, @krisholt
September 7, 2018
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Apple claims that proposed US tariffs on $200 billion of goods from China will make some of its products (including Apple Watch, HomePod, AirPods and Mac mini) more expensive. The company said in a letter to the US government, which sought public comments on the levies, that Apple Pencil, Magic Mouse and Trackpad and various leather covers and cases will be among the affected products.

"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," Apple wrote in its letter to the US Trade Representative's office, which you can read below.

The public comment period for the proposed 25 percent levy on products and parts has now closed, and the government will make a decision on enforcing the tariffs after assessing the comments. The proposal follows a prior round of tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump said Friday that he is mulling yet another round of levies on imports from China, this time on $267 billion worth of goods.

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