PC Hardware Imported into US to Rise by 25% Due to New Trade Tariffs from August 23, 2018

US China Trade-war Continues

PC hardware prices have been going all over the place in the past couple of months. Graphics cards got really expensive due to the mining boom and while the prices have come down, the price of RAM is off the charts. While there have been claims that RAM makers were limiting stock in order to inflate the price, we have seen no decrease in price for a while now.

On the bright side, storage is impressively cheap now. SSDs have become the new standard and they are cheaper than ever before and are being readily adopted as compared to recent years. If things were not bad enough, we have now got word that PC hardware prices in the USA could increase by up to 25% starting later this month. This is due to a new trade tariff that will be implemented starting August 23, 2018.

PC Hardware
Import Tax Document

What this means is that, if you buy $500 worth of PC hardware then you will pay $625. The difference is substantial and I am sure that people will not be happy about it but for now, it is what it is.  Chinese State Council Tariff Commission was not happy with this decision and the following is what it has to say in this regard:

In violation of the bilateral consensus reached after multiple rounds of negotiations, the United States has again unilaterally escalated trade frictions.

The list mentions tax on electronic integrated circuits: processors and controllers, electronic integrated circuits: memories, electronic integrated circuits: amplifiers and electronic integrated circuits: others. This means pretty much all the PC hardware that we use day in and day out. If you were thinking about upgrading your system when the next generation Nvidia GPUs come out or when the 9th generation of Intel CPUs come out then you might want to think about that again. Especially if you are on a tight budget and do not have much wiggle room.

If you live outside the USA, in a European country, for example then this will not affect you. You can rest assured that this is between the US and China. At least for now.

Talha Amjad
Talha has been in the tech industry for the last 6 years and is a current member of the PC master race.