The reported ban on national and local government departments purchasing Apple products was just a misunderstanding, according to statements by the Finance Ministry and Central Government Procurement Centre cited by Reuters.

The statements say that the procurement list referred to by Bloomberg was just one of many, and listed only “energy-saving products.” China claims that Apple products did not make this list despite qualifying because the necessary paperwork had not been completed … 

“Even though Apple has the certification for energy-saving products… it has never provided the necessary verification material and agreements according to the regulations,” said a Finance Ministry fax sent to Reuters on Thursday evening.

Apple products were unavailable for purchase from the procurement website only temporarily due to a “monthly price adjustment,” it was said, and sales of Apple products resumed shortly afterwards.

As with many things involving Chinese authorities, certainty about the real position can be difficult to determine. It seems unlikely that Apple would fail to provide the Chinese authorities with any paperwork they requested, but whether Apple was deliberately omitted when requests were sent out or whether it was an oversight on the part of the procurement agency is something we will in all likelihood never know.

The temporary halt in sales of all Apple equipment does, however, appear to have been routine: Reuters cites several unnamed suppliers as saying that the price adjustments were common.

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4 Responses to “Reported ban on Apple products by Chinese government just a misunderstanding, say Chinese authorities”

  1. I can’t imagine how many hundreds of thousands are employed by suppliers in China for Apple production.

    Did Apple threaten to move production to another jurisdiction? That would have been a nice conversation to listen in on…


    • I was thinking exactly the same thing.


    • No, because that would mean Apple would be cutting off its nose to spite its face. The original “rumor” said ban government purchases. Compare government purchases with those of the general populations. Government units sold, what, less than a million? Number sold to citizens, several millions? Whatever the number but purchases by civilians dwarf those of government purchases.


  2. Apple and all other American companies should just move there business els wear like to the US or to keep cost way down, then to Mexico. This should shut them up and make them think twice.