WASHINGTON: Apple asked the Trump administration to waive tariffs on Chinese-made Apple watches, iPhone components and other consumer products, according to a company filing with the US Trade Representative's Office.
The company on Thursday sought revenue from 11 products, including home pod speakers, Mac computers, parts used to repair iPhones, iPhone smart battery cases, AirPods and more. The public has to submit their comments on the applications by November 14.
Apple told the US Trade Representative's Office that the products are consumer electronic devices and "not strategically important" from "Made in China 2025" or other Chinese industrial programs.
Expenses are exempt from the 15% tax effective September 1.
Fitbit Ink asked management to waive taxes on their fitness trackers. The company told the management that "China's global production capacity for wearable communications equipment is in China."
The company added that "Although FiatByte is currently aware of such equipment manufacturing facilities in Taiwan and South Korea, these facilities are owned, or contracted, by Fitbit's competitors. For their branded products, and they are not available for Fitbit." Alphabet Inc. announced Friday that it had reached a Fitbit acquisition agreement.
Apple submitted the requests the day before when the Trump administration began accepting them. An Apple spokeswoman did not immediately comment.
Apple's apparel and accessories business - including Apple Watch, AirPods and HomePod - brought in $ 24.5 billion, or about 9.4% of Apple's revenue, in its fiscal year ending September. Sales in the segment increased 41% over last year, and after the sales of the iPhone in the last four constituencies, these devices have become a key driver of Apple's business.
Apple's chief executive Tim Cook said Wednesday on the company's earnings that the company is paying some rates today, as you know, some that were implemented before September and others that came into effect in September. So we're paying for something.
Christie Ink has called for the administration to waive taxes on Chinese sculpture, sculptures, paintings, antique furniture and silverware and other collectables.
Sea Eagle Boats Inc. applied for exemption on inflatable standup paddleboards.