Nvidia Asks Biden Admin to Exempt Graphics Cards from Tariffs, but GPU Problems Run Much Deeper

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Nvidia Asks Biden Admin to Exempt Graphics Cards from Tariffs, but GPU Problems Run Much Deeper
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You may have noticed that along with being perpetually out of stock, PC graphics cards are more expensive than ever. This is no coincidence, and it isn’t solely caused by the ongoing chip shortage.

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No, these price hikes are partially the result of a Trump-era tariff against imports from China. With President Joe Biden now in office, tech giants whose products rely on GPUs are asking the White House to exempt graphics cards manufactured in China.

While the Biden administration has kept Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods in place, the U.S. Trade Representative said in October that it was considering reinstating some exclusions after letting them expire at the end of last year. Already facing crippling supply shortages, tech companies—Google, Apple, and Intel among them—swiftly backed temporary waivers for tariffs on products and components produced in China.

Nvidia, HP, and PC-hardware firm Zotac joined the growing choir earlier this week when they filed separate requests to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative. These submissions shared the same production exemption on “printed circuit assemblies for rendering images onto computer screens (‘graphics processing modules’).” Or, as we know them, graphics cards or GPUs.