What Trump giveth, Trump taketh away. And vice versa.
Shares of Apple spiked more than 5% Tuesday morning after the Trump administration said it will delay tariffs, initially set to go into effect on Sept. 1, until Dec. 15 for certain articles including electronics.
The United States Trade Representative said on Tuesday that “certain products are being removed from the tariff list based on health, safety, national security and other factors and will not face additional tariffs of 10 percent.” It added that the remaining tariffs on “cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, certain toys, computer monitors, and certain items of footwear and clothing,” will be delayed until Dec. 15.
My take: More to come, I’m sure.
Full text of the statement:
USTR Announces Next Steps on Proposed 10 Percent Tariff on Imports from China
Washington, DC – The United States Trade Representative (USTR) today announced the next steps in the process of imposing an additional tariff of 10 percent on approximately $300 billion of Chinese imports.
On May 17, 2019, USTR published a list of products imported from China that would be potentially subject to an additional 10 percent tariff. This new tariff will go into effect on September 1 as announced by President Trump on August 1.
Certain products are being removed from the tariff list based on health, safety, national security and other factors and will not face additional tariffs of 10 percent.
Further, as part of USTR’s public comment and hearing process, it was determined that the tariff should be delayed to December 15 for certain articles. Products in this group include, for example, cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, certain toys, computer monitors, and certain items of footwear and clothing.
USTR intends to conduct an exclusion process for products subject to the additional tariff.
The USTR will publish on its website today, and in the Federal Register as soon as possible, additional details and lists of the tariff lines affected by this announcement.