Apple, in letter to Lighthizer, urges U.S. not to impose additional tariffs

Apple said in a letter to United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, "Thank you for this opportunity to comment on USTR's proposal to impose tariffs up to twenty-five percent duty on a fourth set of products imported from China. The proposed tariff list covers all of Apple's major products, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, AirPods, and AppleTV, as well as the parts and batteries used to repair products in the United States. The proposed tariffs also cover accessories that Apple makes for these devices, such as monitors and keyboards... We urge the U.S. Government not to impose tariffs on these products....U.S. tariffs on Apple's products would result in a reduction of Apple's U.S. economic contribution. U.S. tariffs would also weigh on Apple's global competitiveness. The Chinese producers we compete with in global markets do not have a significant presence in the U.S. market, and so would not be impacted by U.S. tariffs. Neither would our other major non-U.S. competitors. A U.S. tariff would, therefore, tilt the playing field in favor of our global competitors. We urge you not to proceed with these tariffs."

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