FedEx Rejects Delivering A Huawei Phone Into The US

Well, things sure have escalated between Huawei and the US

You would think the trade wars between Huawei and the USA had already escalated beyond expectations, but this one takes the cake. It looks like FedEx is also taking the trade wars seriously by actually rejecting a delivery of the Huawei P30 from the UK to the US with the reason stated as due to the “US government issue with Huawei and China government.”

It all started when writers at PC Magazine in the UK office tried to ship a Huawei P30 to their US branch using the UK’s Parcelforce which will then go to its US partner FedEx. It was clear from the very beginning that the box contained a Huawei smartphone, yet the package was shipped all the way from London to Indianapolis - then sent back to the UK due to the legal issue.

It's clear that FedEx took the trade wars a bit too seriously and rather than check if the trade wars affected delivery, decided to reject it outright. To be sure that this isn't the case, PC Magazine contacted UPS who said it would be happy to accept such a shipment and Huawei even clarified that it was a complete misinterpretation of the US orders.

FedEx's confusion is justified though as the restrictions happening for Huawei within the US has been done quietly, and currently all US telco networks and tech companies has Huawei explicitly banned. Still, that's not a good reason to deny delivering a Huawei product to the US, though it's likely that FedEx wanted to distance itself from the issue and rejected the delivery outright.

As such, FedEx has released a statement on the matter, admitting it was a mistake of their own accord:

The package in question was mistakenly returned to the shipper, and we apologize for this operational error. As a global company that moves 15 million shipments each day, we are committed to compliance with all rules and regulations and minimizing impact to our customers as we adjust our operations to comply with a dynamic U.S. regulatory environment.

FedEx noted that it can “accept and transport all Huawei products except for any shipments to listed Huawei entities on the US Entity list.” But the company also directed blame elsewhere, saying “the return to sender label attached to the package in question was not generated by FedEx.”

UPDATE: It looks like after this debacle, FedEx is suing the US government due to the troubles the trade war has caused.