Apple announced earlier this month that after some uncertainty about tariffs, the new 2019 Mac Pro will be produced in the United States. However, Bloomberg reports today that despite this commitment, Apple request for tariff exemption on certain parts produced in China has been refused by the US Trade Representative’s office.
For the Mac Pro wheels, a circuit board that manages input and output ports, the power adapter and charging cable, and a cooling system for the processor, Apple request for relief from 25% tariffs was refused.
Today’s judgment from the office of the U.S. Trade Representative comes after it was reported previously this month that the tariff exemption request from Apple had been accepted for 10 Chinese-made components so far. We now understand that there have been refused the other five requests.
Nevertheless, today President Donald Trump took Twitter to commend Apple’s choice to produce the Texas Mac Pro, stating:
Apple choice to manufacture the Mac Pro in Texas was apparently prompted by 10 of the Chinese-made parts receiving tariff exemptions. In the announcement press release, Apple said Mac Pro U.S. manufacturing is made possible because “federal product exclusion Apple is receiving for certain necessary components.