Apple could be tax free if it makes products in the US

10 September, 2018, 14:15 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Trump: Apple could be tax free if it makes products in the US

Trump took to Twitter Sunday to declare victory and write: "This is just the beginning".

In a tweet earlier Sunday, Trump cited an August 31 announcement from the company that said it had canceled plans to sell the Chinese-built Focus Active in the U.S.

"It would not be profitable to build the Focus Active in the US given an expected annual sales volume of fewer than 50,000 units and its competitive segment".

Trump tweeted Saturday that "Apple prices may increase because of the massive Tariffs we may be imposing on China - but there is an easy solution where there would be ZERO tax, and indeed a tax incentive", if the company made its products in the USA instead of China.

"This forces Ford to forfeit the sales they would have had if they could continue to import that low-volume niche vehicle", Gabrielsen said. The presidential tweet is the latest salvo in a dispute between the Trump administration and companies that fear tariffs will hurt their business.

The $200 billion of Chinese goods on the US list includes some consumer products such as cameras and recording devices, luggage, handbags, tires and vacuum cleaners, with additional tariffs ranging from 10 to 25 percent.


Trump has criticized China's record trade surplus with the United States, and has demanded that Beijing cut it immediately.

Then, after Trump started threatening his new tariffs against China, Ford decided in August that it wouldn't sell the Focus Active in the USA after all.

"Our viewpoint on Focus Active was that, given the tariffs, obviously our costs would be substantially higher", said Kumar Galhotra, president of Ford's North America division. CEO Tim Cook said in July that those measures had no effect on Apple. While Democrats, and the American left, rarely shy away from criticizing the president, even some conservatives and Republicans have criticized Trump's trade policies. Computer and phone makers are involved in a global supply chain that includes Chinese manufacturing, and that can't be easily excluded without harm to USA companies, Intel said in a letter to the trade representative. Trump has refused to back down before, so it remains to be seen whether Ford's most recent statements will inspire him to de-escalate tensions.

Auto industry analyst Ed Kim told the Guardian that Trump's tariffs have, effectively, ruined Ford's plan for the Focus.

"Without the tariffs, the business case was pretty solid for that model in the United States market", Kim said.

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