Another $267B China tariffs ready to go after $200 already announced


In a letter to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which has been preparing to implement tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese goods, Apple said that the tariff would hit its Apple Watch, Air Pod headphones, Mac Mini desktop computers, and even the leather covers it sells for iPhones and iPads.

"There is still an impact from front-loading of exports, but the main reason (for still-solid export growth) is strong growth in the USA economy", said Zhang Yi, an economist at Zhonghai Shengrong Capital Management.

In a tweet Saturday, Trump implored the company to shift production from China: "Start building new plants now". A public comment period on the import taxes ended Thursday.

The presidential tweet is the latest salvo in a dispute between the Trump administration and companies that fear tariffs will hurt their business. By 2021, based on International Monetary Fund economic forecasts, the USA would lose about 1 percent of its annual output or about $230 billion while China would lose 0.6 percent of its $18 trillion economy that year or $110 billion.

Altogether, the U.S. tariffs could ultimately hit more than Dollars 500 billion in Chinese goods.

"Semiconductors are America's fourth-largest export, and our industry has a global trade surplus of over $6 billion and a surplus with China of close to $2 billion in 2017", Intel's letter said.

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President Donald Trump is raising the stakes in his gamble that the world will line up behind the United States to take on China over trade. China has threatened retaliation, which could include action against U.S. companies operating there. Apple's letter to the United States trade office named several company products that risk facing duties; they include the HomePod, the Apple Pencil, company chargers and adapters for Apple devices, and even the leather covers for the iPhones and iPad.

Trump initiated the trade war to punish Beijing for what it says are China's predatory tactics to try to supplant U.S. technological supremacy.

Cell phones are the biggest US import from China, and so far they've been spared. "Now, they've got to treat us fairly", he said, and again threatened to impose duties on cars produced in Canada.

But Kudlow said the USA goals are clear. No surprise that U.S. CEOs are losing sleep over all the unknowns being thrown into the mix. "But right now, we just can't make that deal", he said.

"I think the president has reasonable political support among the electorate and his own base for action against China", said Scott Miller, a trade scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.