Apple requests exemptions from China tariffs for eleven products


The Chinese punitive tariffs hindered Apple in competition with its competitor Samsung, so CEO Tim Cook.

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Washington Apple has applied to the US government for exemptions from China tariffs on eleven products. These include the Apple Watch and components for iPhone, iMac and Airpods, according to a statement from the US electronics company to the Office of the Trade Representative from Friday. With the exceptions Apple will be exempted from punitive tariffs of 15 percent, which came into force on 1 September.

Apple boss Tim Cook had argued a few weeks ago that additional punitive tariffs on goods from China would adversely affect the business of the group and would cause significant economic damage. In addition, they hindered the company in competition with the South Korean rival Samsungwhich is not affected by such charges.

China and the United States have reportedly made progress in their trade talks. Chinese state-run agency Xinhua said that after a telephone conversation with chief negotiators, both sides had “reached agreement on principles.” There should be further discussions at this level soon. The US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer spoke of progress on various points.

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