Apple is seeking tariff waivers from the U.S. government for 11 of its Chinese-made products, which include its HomePod speakers, Apple Watches, iPhone battery cases and AirPods, Reuters reported.
Apple submitted requests to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on the first day it was able to do so, arguing these products aren’t strategically important to China’s “Made in China 2025” government-directed tech policies, Reuters said. Apple hopes to avoid a 15% tariff that went into effect Sept. 1, it added.
Apple has had mixed success seeking waivers from the U.S. for its Chinese-made products. In September, it got tariff waivers for partially assembled circuit boards and graphic cards for the Mac Pro, which allowed it to keep manufacturing the model in the U.S. However, in October it was denied exemptions on several Chinese-made components for the Mac Pro, including some circuit boards, cables and a power adapter.
As a result, it’s unclear how the Trump administration will come down on Apple’s request this time. On one hand, it might keep the tariffs in place to persuade Apple to move production out of China in the long run. On the other, it could grant waivers to help Apple keep prices low and minimize the impact to American consumers.