Ford has rejected President Trump's call for it to shift production of the Chinese-made Focus Active crossover-style hatchback to the USA, after announcing last month that it would not import the model due to tariff concerns.
Big quote: "Apple prices may increase because of the massive Tariffs we may be imposing on China - but there is an easy solution where there would be ZERO tax, and indeed a tax incentive". Kristin Dziczek of the Center for Automotive Research said that Ford can make Focuses "in many other plants around the world, so if they made a decision to continue to sell a Focus variant in the US market, there are several options other than building it in the United States". Kristin Dziczek of the Center for Automotive Research said Ford can make Focuses "in many other plants around the world, so if they chose to continue to sell a Focus variant in the USA market, there are several options other than building it in the United States".
The US has imposed $50 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods with another $200 billion in the final stages.
Apple directly employs at least 80,000 people in the U.S. and has more than 9,000 USA suppliers maintaining manufacturing operations across 38 states, the Wall Street Journal reported.
An Apple spokesman did not immediately respond when asked for comment. "Ford is proud to employ more USA hourly workers and build more vehicles in the US than any other automaker".
"Without the tariffs, the business case was pretty solid for that model in the USA market", Kim said.
Intel Corp., the world's second-largest chipmaker, weighed in supporting Apple's opposition to the tariffs and broadening the argument.
However, the company's letter adds that every product of theirs "contains parts or materials from the United States and is made with equipment from U.S. based suppliers". The Mac mini desktop computer, Apple Pencil stylus accessory for iPads, various chargers and adapters and tooling equipment used to manufacturer and design some products in the US will also be affected, the Cupertino, California-based company told the Office of US Trade Representative in a letter dated 5 September. Earlier this year, the company said that as part of tax reform it would spend $350 billion in the U.S. over the next five years.