FedEx refused a Huawei phone to the US amidst Huawei ban

23 Jun 2019 10:28 AM
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The Huawei ban in the US has many American companies afraid to have anything to do with the Huawei. The company was explicitly banned from doing business with American tech companies last month by the Trump Administration due to "security concerns".

A frustrated member of PC Magazine tweeted about a situation where a UK-based member of the team intended to send a Huawei P30 Pro for testing to Indianapolis via FedEx, only to find the package was returned to the UK sender. A large note was slapped onto the package, which contained the Huawei phone that read “parcel returned by FedEx, Due U.S. Government issue with Huawei and China government. RTS”.

Of course, the courier knew the contents of the package due to the required customs paperwork. However, it turns out the executive order was misinterpreted by whichever customs agent handled the parcel. PC Magazine went on to check with UPS who said it would gladly transport the parcel to the US. Confirming this with both UPS and Huawei, there is no such law that banned the importation of Huawei devices.

The order blacklists US companies and networks from partnering with the Chinese telecom giant – which has nothing to do with transporting a phone to the US that was already purchased somewhere else. FedEx decided it would rather not even deal with the issue. Understandably so, as the whole ban has been a confusing mess and we can’t blame a company that would rather not deal with this gray area.

Anyway, the trade war between China the US is still going on with no deal in sight. President Trump has previously admitted that the US would be willing to negotiate Huawei’s fate in the US if it could leverage a trade deal.

So yeah, if you need to ship a legally obtained Huawei phone into the US, UPS is certainly up to the task.