Apple can avoid tariffs by shifting production to US

Ford will not build new Focus cars in US, despite Trump tariffs tweet

Ford will not build new Focus cars in US, despite Trump tariffs tweet

His comments on social media came a day after Apple's letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer made news, indicating that proposed tariffs on $200 billion worth of imported Chinese goods would negatively impact sales of Apple's Watch, AirPod, Mac mini, and Pencil products.

Trump's administration is moving ahead with plans to impose tariffs of as much as 25% on Chinese imports worth about $200 billion annually, and has threatened measures against the full range of Chinese goods sold into the US.

"This is just the beginning.

No one knows how deep the well is", he said.

The President thought these tariffs would force the automaker to shift production of the Focus Active from China to the US but Ford says that isn't happening. FCA and GM are also making the same plan - not to sale sedan cars in the U.S. market. Such a step would significantly escalate his trade war with Beijing and would likely increase costs for a broad range of US businesses and consumers.

"The margins are very slim", Dziczek said.

After touting his tariff plan, the president also cited tariff data that alarmed analysts.

They have tried to minimize the blow to China's economy by picking USA goods for which alternatives are available elsewhere, such as soybeans from Brazil, natural gas from Russian Federation or pork from Germany.


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President Donald Trump on Saturday took aim at Apple after the tech giant said the White House's proposed tariffs on China could result in price increases on popular consumer devices such as AirPods, the company's wireless headphones, and the Apple Watch.

"The days of the USA being ripped-off by other nations is OVER!" he wrote. Last year, Made-in-China bras, girdles, corsets, suspenders and garters sent to the U.S. were worth $1.2 billion, according to trade data.

She continued, "And the tariffs we charge for goods coming into the U.S.is 2.5 percent, not 2 percent. This is why Ford had to re-evaluate". The President also tweeted that the escalating trade barriers could raise the prices of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) products in the US while also calling on the company to build more plants in the U.S to keep costs low.

There was a "logical gap" in Trump's statement that the auto not being imported to the U.S. somehow meant it could be built in the USA cost-effectively, said Reade, who now advises clients on United States and Chinese governmental issues at the Washington-based law firm Arnold & Porter.

American automakers ship about 250,000 vehicles a year from the U.S.to China, while China ships about 50,000 vehicles to the USA annually, Dziczek noted.

China is also the top source for scarves and shawls, and the second-biggest supplier of hearing aids, according to U.S. data.

There is also nervousness that talks between the USA and Canada on a revised North American Free Trade Agreement had still not wrapped up. The rest of us may have to pay more for running, tennis or soccer shoes.

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