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President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency and executive order banning tech products made by US adversaries isn’t likely to affect consumers here anytime soon.
Although the order is broad, it’s widely expected to be used to target China and Chinese equipment maker Huawei.
It likely will be applied to equipment purchased by telecommunications companies, not consumer products and almost certainly won’t be applied to iPhones or other goods made in China for US firms.
It’s unclear exactly when the rules implementing the order will take effect or precisely what they’ll cover.
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President Donald Trump made a dramatic move Wednesday when he declared a national emergency and issued an executive order banning the import of technology products and services from US adversaries.

The action, which appeared to be targeted at China in general and at Chinese equipment maker Huawei in particular, seemed likely to ratchet up the trade tensions between the two countries. It also seemed likely to put further pressure on Huawei’s business and that of its partners. And because of how broadly the order was written, it could potentially be applied to a vast swath of goods and services, since so many technology products — even those that carry US brand names — are made in China.

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It’s not clear exactly how the order will be implemented. But at least for now, it likely will have little effect on everyday consumers. So you shouldn’t worry about being barred from purchasing a Huawei phone — much less an iPhone — anytime soon.

What kinds of products will be barred from being imported into the US under the emergency order? Communications and technology equipment and services.

Which countries’ products are affected by the order? It’s unclear. The order doesn’t specify any particular nations. Instead, it applies to unnamed “foreign adversaries.” However, it’s widely assumed that the order is targeted at China.

Which companies’ products are covered by the order? Again, it’s unclear. The order doesn’t include a blacklist of specific corporations, but it’s written broadly enough to cover a wide range of them. It applies to any technology or communications product “designed, developed, manufactured, or supplied, by persons owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of a foreign adversary” that poses a security risk to the United States.

“We’re all in the dark” about exactly how it will be implemented, said Steve Becker, a partner at the law firm Pillsbury who focuses on international trade law.

Who will determine which products are covered? Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross after conferring with a group of other administration officials, including the attorney general, the US trade representative, and the secretaries of State, Defense, Treasury, and Homeland Security.

What kinds of products are likely to be banned? While the order is broad, Ross is widely expected to apply it fairly narrowly to Huawei’s networking equipment. He’s unlikely to target consumer products and almost certainly …read more

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