Apple is asking Trump's administration to exclude Mac Pro components from rates

Apple asks the Trump administration to exclude parts for its Mac Pro desktop from rates, as first reported by Bloomberg.

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Apple filed a series of exemption requests with the US sales representative's office (first made public on July 18) and asked the government to exempt a series of specific products from a proposed 25 percent rate on goods imported from China. The rates have not yet been fully implemented, but the plan would contain electronics, which could seriously affect the bottom line of tech companies such as Apple.

The documents do not mention the Mac Pro directly, but Bloomberg notes that the components described appear to be designed for the desktop computer. Said components include a CPU heat sink, a graphics processing module and a computer frame and housing. Apple also asks for the exclusion of some accessories, including the Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2.

The Mac Pro was the last Apple device assembled in the US but in June The Wall Street Journal reported that the company was planning to relocate production to China. Apple's request now goes into a public comment period before the agency decides to allow the exclusions.

The Trump government has used technology imports as a negotiating ship in negotiations with China, a plan that can be costly for large technology companies that produce in the country. The administration previously introduced 10 percent rates on some product components, although Apple was ultimately able to avoid rates on devices such as the Apple Watch and AirPods.

Several companies, including Apple and Microsoft, have already expressed concerns about the rates to the US trade representative. In an application last month, Apple said new rates "would result in a reduction in Apple's US economic contribution" and "tilt the playing field in favor of our global competitors."

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