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Trump Tariffs Push Small Firms to Plead for Same Relief as Apple

  • Deadline looms Tuesday to seek exclusion from initial duties
  • Smaller companies are pessimistic they will avert the tariffs
The Port Of Long Beach As U.S. Trade Gap Widens For Sixth Month Ahead Of Trump Tariffs
Photographer: Tim Rue/Bloomberg

Paul Shekoski thinks he presented a good case why the weather stations and other products his company makes in China should be spared from President Donald Trump’s tariffs. As a small-scale employer, he’s not optimistic he will win.

Shekoski, chief executive of the Primex Family of Companies in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, is among the hundreds of U.S. companies filing requests by Tuesday’s deadline for exclusions from the initial round of tariffs imposed on Chinese imports. While Shekoski has testified against the duties, asked elected representatives for help and filed for exclusions on almost 80 products, he puts the odds of getting them approved at less than 10 percent.