FedEx refused a Huawei phone to the United States amidst Huawei ban

Yolanda Curtis
June 25, 2019

"This is not the first time FedEx has made a Huawei-related mistake", said Geng Shuang, spokesman for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. One of its United Kingdom writers attempted to send a Huawei P30 phone to the magazine's U.S. office via the Parcelforce and Fed Ex courier services, but got sent back as per the tweet below. Tracking services revealed the shipment was returned to London after it spent several hours in Indianapolis.

"The package in question was mistakenly returned to the shipper, and we apologise for this operational error", a FedEx statement said.

On Friday, PCMag said FedEx refused to ship a package that reportedly contained a Huawei phone. Due to its error, the Chinese government is now asking FedEx for a full explanation over the issue, and has even accused the courier of having a vendetta against Huawei.

FedEx apologized at the end of May for "misrouting" a "small number" of Huawei packages but said no third party had asked the parcels be transferred.

FedEx came into the spotlight recently when - while attempting to enforce the U.S. ban - a package heading for the United States was returned to its sender in the UK, which was PCMag. Huawei's shipping agent blocked two more from Vietnam, which FedEx had also attempted to reroute.

FedEx rival United Parcel Service Inc also confirmed it would not ship to Huawei addresses on the Entity List but had no "general ban" on Huawei products.

The latest incident sparked renewed criticism of FedEx on Chinese social media, with the topic "FedEx apologizes again" trending on Weibo, China's Twitter-like microblog platform.

State-run newspaper Global Times on Sunday tweeted that FedEx was likely to be added to that list.

The ongoing tussle between the two firms comes as Beijing and Washington face off in a trade war in which both sides exchanging steep tariffs on hundreds of billions in exports. In May, the Trump administration added Huawei to the entity list effectively barring it from doing business with American companies which supply Huawei with necessary parts and technology.

"There was third one in the United Kingdom, where a relatively new teammate - because the box said Huawei on it - misinterpreted the regulations and didn't accept the package".

The US alleges that Huawei could be spying for the Chinese government, a claim which the company, along with the Chinese government, has repeatedly denied.

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