TOKYO — U.S. penalty tariffs on $300 million worth of Japanese electronic goods have had little or no effect on companies that had built up inventories in the United States or make the goods there, government and company officials said Monday.
Some Japanese companies have stopped shipments to the United States and are using up their U.S. inventory, hoping the tariffs end before their supply runs out.
The tariffs on certain personal computers, televisions and power tools affect only about one-third of 1% of all Japanese exports to the United States. They do not apply to goods made outside Japan.
Most seriously affected are companies with little inventory and no overseas production, some of which have lost as much as a quarter of their U.S. sales since the duties took effect April 17.