Huawei, the Chinese telecom operator that was blacklisted by the White House, is reportedly looking at its relationship with FedEx after it contends Fedex diverted two parcels destined for Huawei’s offices in Asia.
According to Reuters, citing Huawei, FedEx also tried to divert two other packages. Two of the packages that FedEx diverted were sent from Japan and were headed to offices of Huawei’s in China and the U.S. Two other packages sent from Vietnam to Huawei offices in Asia were also on FedEx’s radar but are now making their way. Huawei prvoided the tracking records as proof. Reuters noted it could not confirm the tracking data was authentic. FedEx declined to comment, telling Reuters that as per company policy it couldn’t disclose information about customers. Huaewi contends the four packages contained documents and no technology. Reuters couldn’t confirm that either, noted the report. Huawei wouldn’t say why it thought the packages were diverted. “The recent experiences where important commercial documents sent via FedEx were not delivered to their destination, and instead were either diverted to or were requested to be diverted to, FedEx in the United States, undermines our confidence,” Joe Kelly, a spokesman for Huawei, told Reuters. “We will now have to review our logistics and document delivery support requirements as a direct result of these incidents,” the spokesman said.
Huawei did tell Reuters that the one coming from Vietnam was received Friday and the other is coming. A spokeswoman for FedEx told Reuters the packages were misrouted by mistake and that there wasn’t any request to divert the packages. Reuters said it saw no evidence that this had anything to do with the U.S. government’s decision to put Huawei on a blacklist in the middle of May that bars U.S. firms from doing business with the Chinese telecom player. “This is an isolated issue limited to a very small number of packages,” said FedEx, referring to the four parcels affected. “We are aware of all shipments at issue and are working directly with our customers to return the packages to their possession.”