The United States is pushing back plans to impose additional tariffs on video game consoles coming from China. The Office of the US Trade Representative today announced that certain types of electronics and toys would not see a 10% tariff imposed on them until December 15.
Previously, that tariff would have gone into effect September 1. A wide array of products coming from China (everything from cameras and clothes to food and construction materials) are still scheduled to see a 10% tariff imposed on that date. Arcade games and their replacement parts are among the items still on that list.
In remarks to the press today, President Donald Trump explained the delay was taken to minimize impact on the holiday shopping season.
"We're doing this for Christmas season, just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact on U.S. customers, which, so far, they've had virtually none," Trump said. "The only impact has been that we've collected almost $60 billion from China - compliments of China. But just in case they might have an impact on people, what we've done is we've delayed it so that they won't be relevant for the Christmas shopping season."