New US tariffs hit switches, routers and modems but not smartwatches, fitness trackers and speakers.


The 10% tariff is expected to apply to $200 billion worth of Chinese manufactured goods.

The scope of the tariffs on electronics goods is confused.

The government order imposing tariffs cites:  “Machines for the reception, conversion and transmission or regeneration of voice, images or other data, including switching and routing apparatus.” 

This group represents about $23 billion worth of China imports into the US.

However, smart watches and speakers including the Apple smartwatch, fitness trackers, Bluetooth audio streaming devices, Fitbit bracelets and Amazon’s smart speakers  are exempted from tariffs.

On the other hand, modems, switches and routers from the likes of Arris, Netgear, D-Link and others are subject to the tariffs.

“Although we have not had occasion to issue rulings on the scope of a provision for ‘switching and routing apparatus,’ we agree that as a general matter, modems, routers, and networking equipment will be subject to the remedy,” says the  Customs and Border Protection agency.


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