With Huawei being on the US government’s entity list, it means that they can’t do business with US companies, and US companies cannot do business with them. This means that if Huawei had some phones that needed to be shipped out and they wanted to use a courier service such as FedEx, it would make sense that their business would be rejected.
Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case here because according to a report from PCMag, FedEx could be taking this ban to the extremes by refusing to ship anything that has to do with Huawei, even if it isn’t from the company itself. This was discovered when PCMag UK wanted to ship a Huawei phone, that was bought and used, to PCMag’s offices in the US.
This is totally ridiculous. Our UK writer tried to send us his @HuaweiMobile P30 unit so I could check something – not a new phone, our existing phone, already held by our company, just being sent between offices – and THIS happened @FedEx pic.twitter.com/sOaebiqfN6
— Sascha Segan (@saschasegan) June 21, 2019
The parcel was shipped out and according to the tracker, it made its way to the US where it spent a few hours in customs before it was sent back to London. As you can see in the photo in the tweet above, it says that it was rejected due to the ongoing issues with Huawei and the US government.
As we said, we get it if it was Huawei trying to do business with FedEx, but in this instance, it was an individual not related to Huawei sending a used phone to another individual, so it does not seem that this would violate any laws. Huawei spokesperson Teri Daley has since responded to this by claiming that this is a “complete misinterpretation” of the entity list.
This is a complete misinterpretation of the EO/EL.
— Teri Daley (@TeriDaley) June 21, 2019
In the meantime, it appears that UPS is taking this opportunity to drum up some publicity for themselves because the company has responded to PCMag’s report by saying:
“I did see the article about FedEx refusing these shipments but I reviewed our information and policies and this is not the case for us. There is nothing prohibiting shipping a Huawei phone from the U.K. to the U.S.”