FedEx apologize for rerouted Huawei packages

FedEx apologize for rerouted Huawei packages

Today, there were reports that FedEx, a US-based courier service company diverted some of Huawei's shipment which was Asia bound to the United States.

The U.S. Department of Commerce did not reply to a request for comment on whether the incident might be related to its move on May 16 to add Huawei to the so-called "Entity List", preventing it buying certain items from U.S. companies without U.S. government approval.

"We apologise for a small number of Huawei packages being misrouted", FedEx said on its official account in China's Twitter-like Weibo platform.

Reuters first reported the events, detailing two packages sent last week from Tokyo to Huawei offices in mainland China that somehow ended up at FedEx headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee.

The evidence for these actions supposedly lies in FedEx's tracking records, and Huawei says it has not received a sufficient explanation. Two shipments originating from one of Huawei's suppliers in Japan were headed to its China branch, while the other two originated from another supplier from Vietnam and were headed for the company's branches in Asia.

In other words, according to FedEx, yes, some packages went the wrong way: that happens when you ship 15 million parcels a day.

Huawei is still dealing with the fallout from the trade ban, and it now looks like the Chinese manufacturer will have to find a new package delivery service.

Likewise, Shao Zhonglin, former assistant secretary-general of the China Express Association, warned that FedEx's lack of transparency about what happened with Huawei's packages would only have a negative impact on the shipper's reputation in Asian countries. It reiterates that this was a shipping error and there are no external third parties involved. "Such an error rate could be fatal for a package delivery company".

The paper noted the information war waged by USA media against Huawei hasn't been duplicated with FedEx's gross violations, citing a Saturday article in the Wall Street Journal that blasted the tech company's history as "littered with accusations of theft and dubious ethics", which it bases on "one-sided examples without basic objectivity". "Relevant packages are on the way to being returned to the sender".

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