Part of Huawei being on the US’ Entity List is that they are no longer allowed to do business with US companies and vice versa. But does this mean that Huawei products are banned? Not necessarily, but that’s what FedEx seems to be working on the assumption of when a report from last week revealed that the shipping company had refused a shipment from the UK to the US.
This was when the folks at PCMag UK tried to ship a Huawei phone to their offices in the US, but the package was later returned with the reasoning being it was due to the ongoing issues between Huawei and the US government. FedEx is now spinning a different story because according to a new statement issued by the company, they are claiming the shipment was sent back due to an “operational error”.
In a statement made to Reuters, a FedEx spokeswoman was quoted as saying:
“The package in question was mistakenly returned to the shipper, and we apologise for this operational error.”
The company had previously said:
“FedEx can accept and transport all Huawei products except for any shipments to listed Huawei entities on the US Entity List.”
Unfortunately, it seems that this could cost FedEx their business with Huawei where the company has said that they plan to review their relationship with the shipping company. It was also suggested by China’s Global Times that FedEx could be added to the country’s “unreliable entities list” as a result of the incident.