Trump lifts tariffs on certain PC computer parts

The Trump administration appears to be lifting tariffs on some Chinese-made PC parts, including graphics cards, motherboards, and desktop cases.

The U.S. Trade Representative granted one-year exemptions on dozens of Chinese imports on which President Trump previously imposed a 25% tariff on Friday.

Although the list of exemptions is not very readable, it includes tariff code 8473.30.1180, which covers graphics cards and motherboards. Also on the exemption list is 8473.30.5100, a tariff code that has been used to classify desktop PC cases.

Other suspended components include “mouse input devices” valued over $ 70, “touchpad input units” valued over $ 100, and blocks. power supplies that produce more than 500 watts.

According to the US Trade Representative, the exemptions were granted following requests from US stakeholders; if the affected import was only available from China, or if the tariff caused “serious economic injury” to US industries or interests, a temporary stay could be granted.

The exemptions also come as the United States seeks to restart trade negotiations with China. Last month, Trump postponed imposing a 10% tariff on smartphones, laptops and video game systems assembled in China until December 15, fearing trade action would raise prices. of goods during the holiday season.

Electronics industry lobby group the Consumer Technology Association told PCMag it is still reviewing the recently announced tariff exemptions. But a spokesperson for the association noted: “Please keep in mind that the exception does not apply to previously paid rates and only lasts for a year before you have to reapply.”

A year ago, the Trump administration began imposing a 10% tariff on many PC components made in China. Then, in May, the tariff rate rose to 25 percent. In response, the electronics supply chain has shifted some manufacturing from China to regions such as Taiwan and Vietnam to avoid tariffs. Nonetheless, other companies, especially smaller sellers, had to increase their prices to offset the additional costs. Vendors such as Intel, Acer, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have already sent letters to the US Trade Representative, requesting that exemptions be granted.

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Despite today’s announcement, not all PC-related products have been granted a stay. The Trump administration appears to be keeping tariffs intact on fully assembled desktops, some storage drives, and Chinese-made processor coolers.

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