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The US - China Trade War and Its Impact on iPhones Imported from China

  • ID: 4662944
  • Report
  • October 2018
  • Region: China, United States
  • 14 pages
  • Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC)
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  • Apple
  • CNBC
  • Foxconn
  • KYEC
  • Precision
  • TSMC
  • MORE

The US-China trade war is escalating. In the first two rounds of tariffs, the US has imposed duties on a total of US$50 billion worth of Chinese goods, including semiconductor ICs, car parts, machinery, and equipment. The third round of tariffs has brought the total value to US$250 billion. However, Trump has no intention to back down as he has threatened to impose tariffs totaling $500 billion on 90% of Chinese imported goods. Smartphones are likely to be on the list. As Apple has heavily relied on Taiwanese manufacturers for its iPhones, the new tariffs are likely to have a major impact on Apple iPhone's supply chain.

This report starts from the background of the incident, examines the impact from the market and supply chain perspectives, and gives a brief analysis of countermeasures of iPhone partners in short and mid-to-long terms.

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  • Apple
  • CNBC
  • Foxconn
  • KYEC
  • Precision
  • TSMC
  • MORE

1. Background
1.1 iPhone Likely to Become a Bargaining Chip in US-China Trade War

2. Impact Analysis
2.1 iPhone Accounts for over 42% of the Smartphone Imports in the United States
2.2 Impact on Supply Chain

3. Countermeasures
3.1Short-term Strategy: Adjust Existing Capacity to Increase Production in Taiwan
3.2 Mid-to Long-Term Strategy: Increase Production Share in South/Southeast Asia

4. Perspectives

Glossary of Terms
List of Companies

List of Tables
Table 1 Tariffs and Prices of iPhone X in Different Countries
Table 2 Impact of US-China Trade War on Apple's Taiwanese Partners
Table 3 Analysis of EMS Providers, Production Sites

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  • Apple
  • ASE
  • BMW
  • Catcher Technology
  • CNBC
  • Coke Cola
  • Compeq
  • Delta
  • Flexium Interconnect
  • Foxconn
  • Genius Electronic Optical
  • GIS
  • KY
  • KYEC
  • Largan
  • Precision
  • Merry
  • Oppo
  • Pegatron
  • Samsung
  • Simplo
  • SPIL
  • TPK
  • TSMC
  • United States
  • Census Bureau
  • WIN Semiconductors
  • Winnebago
  • Wistron
  • Xiaomi
  • Zhen Din
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Primary research with a holistic, cross-domain approach

The exhaustive primary research methods are central to the value that the analyst delivers. A combination of questionnaires and on-site visits to the major manufacturers provides a first view of the latest data and trends. Information is subsequently validated by interviews with the manufacturers' suppliers and customers, covering a holistic industry value chain. This process is backed up by a cross-domain team-based approach, creating an interlaced network across numerous interrelated components and system-level devices to ensure statistical integrity and provide in-depth insight.

Complementing primary research is a running database and secondary research of industry and market information. Dedicated research into the macro-environmental trends shaping the ICT industry also allows the analyst to forecast future development trends and generate foresight perspectives. With more than 20 years of experience and endeavors in research, the methods and methodologies include:


  • Component supplier interviews
  • System supplier interviews
  • User interviews
  • Channel interviews
  • IPO interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Consumer surveys
  • Production databases
  • Financial data
  • Custom databases


  • Technology forecasting and assessment
  • Product assessment and selection
  • Product life cycles
  • Added value analysis
  • Market trends
  • Scenario analysis
  • Competitor analysis