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Trade war

US tech companies request last-minute China tariff exemptions

Cisco, Dell, HP and Juniper say additional duties disproportionately hurt US

Cisco, alongside Dell, HP and Juniper, wrote to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer seeking tariff exemptions.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- A group of American technology companies on Thursday sought specific protections from the Trump administration's $200 billion list of proposed tariffs ahead of signs that the next salvo in the Sino-American trade war is imminent.

Writing to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Cisco Systems, Dell Technologies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Juniper Networks requested the removal of multiple items covering networking-related accessories and networking products, calling the latter a "critical segment" of their businesses.

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