Dell, HP, Microsoft, Intel oppose proposed tariffs on laptops, tablets

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Microsoft, Dell Technologies, HP, and Intel are joining forces to oppose President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs on laptop computers and tablets among $300 billion in Chinese goods targeted for duties.

Earlier this month Jason Chen the Chairman and CEO of Acer said in an exclusive interview with ChannelNews that the tariffs and the recent bans on Huawei would hurt both large and small PC manufacturers as well as their suppliers.

Executing the proposed tariffs would expand United States prices for laptops and tablets by at about 19%, or around $120 (nearly Rs. 8,400) at the normal retail cost of a laptop, the organizations stated, referring to an ongoing report by the Consumer Technology Association.

In a joint statement shared online by the four tech companies, they stated that hiking tariffs would only end up hurting the consumers and the industry, but would fail to check China's trade practices the USA wishes to rectify.

"The tariffs will harm USA technology leaders, hindering their ability to innovate and compete in a global marketplace", the companies wrote in comments posted online.

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The companies say it will be "cost-conscious customers" who are hit hardest by the tariffs, adding that at best, they would continue using older laptops without security features.

The Trump administration is considering public comments on the proposed duties and hearing testimony from more than 300 US companies and trade groups through June 25.

The hearings will end on June 25 and the tariffs will not come into effect until after July 2, when a seven-day final rebuttal comment period ends.

In more optimistic news, Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are set to meet at the G20 Summit in Japan next week in the hope of relaunching trade talks.

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