Trump Government Allows Duty Exclusion to PC Components Amid US-China Trade War

The US-China trade war has been a headlining story when it comes to technology. After all, it is the technology sector that has been affected the most. Today, we see the new Huawei Mate 30 Pro without Google Services which, in my opinion, leaves the device in a dismal state. It is also due to this trade war that we were able to see the first television by Huawei to run Hongmeng OS, which would have been buried deep into the books otherwise.

It was almost a year ago that the Trump Government imposed a 10 per cent duty on Chinese imported PC components. This was then increased to 25 per cent a couple of months later.

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According to a report by GURU3d, the US government has decided to hold back on the aggressive taxing. But, it is not that simple. According to the report, the government has issued statements regarding the update. In these statements, they clarify that the country has decided to exempt certain components which are exclusively made in China. Apart from that, items such as Mice which go over 70 dollars and Trackpads going over 100 dollars are excluded as well.

The question arises as to why they have decided to go for this move. Well, simply put, the country does not want to discourage its buyers with high prices. A lot of stakeholders in the market have pleaded regarding the matter, complaining about the price hike in these products. Not to mention, they see that with the holiday season coming up, shoppers would be less inclined to buy these goods. This is not to say that prices would not be slashed but comparatively, not so much. According to the government, they fear that this would in fact cause “serious economic harm” and thus needs to be implemented.

For now, this has been extended to Mobile phones, game consoles and laptops till the 15th of December this year. Currently, the law is quite ambiguous and the Consumer Technology Association is examining it. Till then, they have in fact clarified that these do not apply to the old tariffs paid before.

Sarmad Burki
Sarmad Burki is a Mathematician and a Economist with a passion for all things gaming and tech. His academics and professional experience combined with tech and gaming adds to his skills giving him a unique ability to observe the tech and gaming industry from various prespectives.

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