President Trump whipped up a storm across the tech industry last year when he announced that certain goods imported into the US from China would be hit with tariffs of 10 per cent.
A host of vendors bumped up their prices in response, but the impact of the taxes was still very much unknown. What we do know is that vendors producing components, routers and networking gear were hit hardest.
Before the industry had a chance to settle, Trump struck again, bumping up the tariffs to 25 per cent and then threatening to bring PCs, notebooks and other products into the fray.
The US Trade Representative Office will begin a public hearing on Monday to decide which products, if any, will be hit with further charges. In a bid to prevent this from happening, over 600 US companies, including Walmart and Target, sent a letter to Trump yesterday pleading with him to abandon the hikes.
Since the president announced the latest increases, a number of the world's largest tech companies have published quarterly numbers and discussed their plans to mitigate the risk of the new tariffs on earnings calls.
We've rounded up the key takeaways from each vendor that has spoken since the rise to 25 per cent was announced last month.
Cisco has soldiered on largely unaffected by the geopolitical turmoil threatening to damage the tech industry over recent months, continuing its mini renaissance under CEO Chuck Robbins (pictured).
But even the networking giant has been forced to adapt to the escalating trade war, with Robbins revealing on an earnings call last month that Cisco has minimised the amount of manufacturing it carries out in China.
The chief executive was speaking one week after Trump revealed he would be hiking tariffs on certain goods produced in China from 10 per cent to 25 per cent.
He said that Cisco quickly implemented a contingency plan that had been put in place a few months earlier. As a result, he said that Cisco expects to see "very minimal impact" from the increases.
"If you remember back many months ago when the 10 per cent tariffs were announced, we said we had basically three phases to our strategy," Robbins explained. "The first was we would continue the dialogue with the administration to make sure they understand the impact.
"The second was, we'll continue to do what we've always done which is optimise our supply chain, which we've been doing for the last 20 years.
"And then the third was, we will make pricing adjustments where necessary if needed. The team has been working incredibly hard over the last six months.
"And so last week when we saw the indication that the tariffs were going to move to 25 per cent on Friday morning, the teams kicked in and we actually have executed completely on everything that we need to do to deal with the tariffs."
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