Last year, Apple said the tariffs would affect its competitiveness. The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) approved Apple’s request that the company’s smartwatches be excluded from tariffs on Chinese imports, according to a letter from the USTR to Apple. The letter, obtained by the Bloomberg agency, is dated Friday, March 20.
In September 2019, President Donald Trump imposed a 15 percent tariff on a list of products, which included the Apple Watch. The tariff was halved in February after a trade agreement with Beijing came into effect.
In mid-2019, Apple urged the USTR not to move forward with new rates because it would harm the company’s competitiveness and the amount of money it contributes to the U.S. economy. Tariffs on Chinese imports would include all of Apple’s major products: iPhone, iPad, Mac, AirPods, and Apple TV, as well as accessories like monitors, batteries, and parts used to repair devices.
Neither Apple nor the USTR office immediately responded to a request for comment.