The 30% tariffs, which came as a consequence of the still ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, have gone into effect yesterday, September 1, at 00:01 ET. Apple products such as iMac, iMac Pro, Mac mini, HomePod, and AirPods have been affected, along with other made in China goods.
The September 1st tariffs, which previously were supposed to be just 15%, were raised to 30 percent by the Trump administration, while the ones which will hit the iPhone in December grew up to 15%. This sudden increase came shortly after China retaliated against the earlier tariffs, by applying its own against $75 billion in goods imported from the United States.
It appears that China is the side which is more keen to discuss a possible resolution to the trade war. In a CNBC report, Gao Feng, a spokesman for the China Ministry of Commerce commented:
“We firmly reject an escalation of the trade war and are willing to negotiate and collaborate in order to solve this problem with a calm attitude.”
Apple accessories such as power adapters, cases and cables were already subjected to import taxes, which are separate from the September 1 tariffs.
We remind that the September tariffs will not affect the iPhone. To avoid a bad impact on the holiday shopping season, the 15% tariffs on other tech like smartphones and laptops have been delayed till December 15.