A letter from the U.S. Trade Representative to Apple, obtained by Bloomberg, seems to confirm that Apple's request to exempt the Apple Watch from U.S. Tariffs on China has been approved. USA Exclude Apple Watch, AirPods, HomePod and iPhone components from tariffs on products imported from China, and the "Apple Watch" has been exempt.
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Apple has also requested waivers for AirPods, HomePod, iPhone components and other products affected by the fees.
Apple argued it shouldn't be charged an import fee for the Apple Watch which it brings in from China, saying the wearable wasn't "strategically important", nor related to Chinese initiatives such as "Made in China 2025", which are created to encourage manufacturing in the country.More news: With DLSS 2.0, AI Continues to Revolutionize Gaming
The White House's trade negotiating office assured USA medical supplies importers that it will not impose import tariffs on Chinese products such as ventilators, oxygen masks and nubilators during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. And now they've been removed completely for the Apple Watch.
The trade deal signed in December also prevented the USA government from putting 15% tariffs on the iPhone, iPad, and MacBooks, which Trump had threatened.More news: Russia Earthquake Poses No Tsunami Threat
The USTR has in recent weeks granted Section 301 tariff exclusions for certain medical products from China, including medical masks, examination gloves and antiseptic wipes.