President Trump from VS wants import duties on laptops and smartphones

Nov

27

2018

American president Donald Trump said in an interview that he wants to place import duties on more electronics from China. Until now, companies such as Apple did not have to pay the import duties, but that may change.

Trump wants to step up pressure on China and move Apple to move production to the United States, he says in an interview with The Wall Street Journal . The import levy would be 10 percent. Americans would therefore possibly pay 10 percent more for smartphones and laptops. Trump used import duties for many Chinese goods, but smartphones and laptops were not included.

That import levy would hit smartphones and laptops, because many manufacturers have them made in China and then transported to the US. The article of The Wall Street Journal only names iPhones by name. Trump says that Americans can easily carry the import levy. Manufacturers may pass on the import levy. The president notes that manufacturers can move production to the US in order not to have to pay the levies.

It is not the first time that import duties would come on electronics. In the previous round in September, among other things, PCBs and TVs became more expensive. Trump then decided to waive charges on smartphones and laptops because of the possible reaction of consumers. Consumers in the Benelux probably do not have to deal with higher prices because goods come directly from China.

Trump announces this a week before he talks with Chinese president Xi Jinping. With him he will negotiate trade between the two countries. The American president wants Jinping to open up China to trade from his country.

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