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Apple Ducks Chinese Tariffs By Building Mac Pro in Texas


This article was originally published on ETFTrends.com.

With the U.S. and China still locking its horns in a tariff-for-tariff battle, consumer technology giant Apple is finding ways to duck Chinese tariffs and one way is to build its vaunted desktop computer, the Mac Pro, deep in the heart of Austin, Texas.

This shift to building the Mac Pro domestically comes as tariffs on China are hurting the bottom line, particularly for its bread-and-butter product, the iPhone.

Furthermore, per a CNBC report, “Apple over the weekend received federal product exclusions, the company confirmed, which enabled it to import some parts it needs for the Mac Pro without paying import tariffs. Apple said the new Mac Pro models include over two times more American-made components than previous models.”

“The Mac Pro is Apple’s most powerful computer ever and we’re proud to be building it in Austin. We thank the administration for their support enabling this opportunity,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a statement.

The move also marks Apple relenting to U.S. President Donald Trump’s desire to keep Mac Pro production in the states.

“Apple will not be given Tariff waiver, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China,” Trump said in a tweet. “Make them in the USA, no Tariffs!”

“A man I have a lot of liking for and respect is Tim Cook, and we’ll work it out, I think they’re going to announce that they’re going to build a plant in Texas, and if they do that I’m starting to get very happy, okay,” Trump added.

Cook essentially agreed with Trump’s volition, saying that Mac Pro production will stay in the U.S.

“In terms of the exclusion, we’ve been making the Mac Pro in the U.S. We want to continue doing that,” Cook said on a call with analysts. “We’re working and investing currently in capacity to do so because we want to continue to be here.”

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