Apple again asks for Apple Watch, Mac Pro tariff exemptions

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Apple has filed eight public requests for temporary waivers on tariffs affecting both the Apple Watch and specific Mac Pro components.

As well as joining 3,700 US firms in a lawsuit against Trump administration tariffs, Apple has now publicly filed eight separate requests for waivers.

First spotted by CNBC, the requests are listed on the US Trade Representative's website. The USTR has invited comments on "the possible reinstatement of previously extended exclusions," and Apple's responses are among 2,024 received so far.

Apple's filings include broad topics such as graphics processing modules, and Afterburner or PCI-E graphics. But it also specifies mouse, trackpad, and Apple Watch tariffs.

"This exclusion is needed for a U.S.-designed smartwatch that is widely used by consumers for mobile connectivity and health applications," says one of Apple's filings. "This exclusion covers a complex consumer electronics device that is manufactured to specification at individually-qualified facilities. It is not currently available from sources in the United States."

According to CNBC, USTR is considering reinstating exclusions to certain tariffs on a case-by-case basis. This could lead to the end of the 7.5% tariff currently applied to Apple Watch, and 25% tariffs on Mac components.

In 2019, Apple filed similar requests for exclusion, but was denied.