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Russia: iPad Exempt from 5% Import Duty Fee

by Todd Haselton | March 6, 2012March 6, 2012 2:00 pm PDT

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Russia has reportedly exempted the iPad from its standard 5% inport duty tax. The iPad somehow skirted the system once the government decided that the device was actually a computer and not a GPS navigation device, Bloomberg explained Tuesday. As you might imagine, Apple’s tablet competitors aren’t too pleased that other competing products are still subject to the same import duty fee. “There has not been an official confirmation of that yet,” an Acer said in a statement cited by TheNextWeb. “But if this information is true, we will demand explanations from the FCS and we will seek cancellation of customs duties on our tablet computers.” Samsung is also reportedly seeking an explanation from Russian authorities, although it appears one has not been made immediately available. We imagine this sort of law should apply to all tablets, not just the iPad, so hopefully there’s a balance to be found here.

[via Bloomberg]


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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