We got to know last month that Apple's upcoming Mac Pro will be produced in China. While the news was not surprising, the move is a shift from the current Mac Pro that has been assembled in the United States since its debut in 2013. Now a report from Bloomberg reveals that Apple has formally asked Trump's administration for tariff exemption the new Mac Pro components and accessories made in China.
Back in June, Apple sent a letter to US trade representative Robert Lighthizer stating that the proposed 25% tariffs would affect all products and would also "result in a reduction of Apple's US financial contribution."
Furthermore, the company said that the planned tariffs would make it less competitive globally, as many of the competitors do not "have a significant presence in the US market and it will not be affected by US tariffs."
Now, in submissions revealed by the Office of US Trade Representative, Apple has asked to be exempt from the proposed 25% tariffs for its upcoming Mac Pro components and accessories. Bloomberg notes that the documents do not specifically mention "Mac Pro", but the dimensions and features of optional wheels gave the machine away.
The Cupertino, California-based technology giant seeks 25% duty exemption on key Mac Pro parts and accessories, ranging from stainless steel and aluminum frames, power supplies, internal cables, and circuit boards, and its optional wheels, according to archives posted by the Office of US Trade Representative.
The documents were submitted July 1
Bloomberg noted some of the reasons why Trump may exclude certain products with Chinese parts from the tariffs.  US President Donald Trump has promised relief if companies can show that parts or products can only be obtained in China, are not "strategically important" for Chinese industrial programs, or that the duties will lead to "serious financial damage." Trump has tweeted that companies will not face a tariff if they make their goods "at home in the United States."
But with parts coming from China and final fitting switching to the country for the new Mac Pro, Apple may be having a duty exemption for the upcoming product. The Mac Pro 2019 manufactured in China ends Apple's US installation effort for now, as the junk box Mac Pro was the only Apple product that was assembled in the states.
United States Total Mac Pro Pride for Apple, But Since its launch in 2013, CEO Tim Cook has shared more about why it is not possible to take production to the United States.
China put a huge focus on production. The United States began over time to have just as many professional skills. I mean, you can take all the tools and die manufacturers in the United States and probably put them in a room we are currently in. In China you need to have more football pitches.
However, Apple is said to investigate shifting up to 30% of production out of China to countries like India.
Currently, the latest proposed customs round from the Trump administration is on hold with negotiations to continue between the United States and China.  Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news: