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Apple’s Chinese Tariff Requests Advance Despite Trump Opposition

Sept. 19, 2019, 5:32 PM

Some of Apple Inc.’s requests to avoid tariffs on Chinese imports are advancing in the review process, even though President Donald Trump indicated he would reject them.

Ten of Apple’s 15 requests for exclusions from 25% duties have progressed into the third—and almost final -- stage of review, according to the U.S. Trade Representative’s office. That means USTR didn’t reject the requests, and they will be approved as long as Customs and Border Protection determines it can administer the exclusion from the levies when the goods enter the U.S.

Trump had signaled that relief from tariffs would be rejected,...

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