FedEx just reversed their refusal to deliver HUAWEI products based on the HUAWEI Trump ban, calling it an “operational error“.
They also clarified their policy on HUAWEI and its 68 affiliates who are on the US Entity List. Here are the full details!
What FedEx Ban On HUAWEI?
FedEx never officially stated its stance on the HUAWEI Trump ban, until a PCMag journalist tried to send a HUAWEI P30 smartphone to his US colleague.
It was held for a few hours in the US and then promptly returned, with the following message :
“PARCEL RETURNED BY FEDEX, DUE US GOVERNMENT ISSUE WITH HUAWEI AND CHINA GOVERNMENT”
When they queried FedEx about their refusal to deliver the P30 smartphone, they received this reply,
“[O]n May 16, 2019, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and 68 of its global affiliates were included on the ‘Entity List’ which sets out a list of certain entities that US companies are restricted from doing business with. My apologies for the inconvenience this has caused you.”
Followed by this subsequent response :
[T]o ensure our compliance, at this time we are not accepting any shipments to any of the listed Huawei entities.”
You can read the full story, and our assessment of this FedEx delivery ban of HUAWEI and its affiliates, in our article – FedEx Refused To Deliver HUAWEI P30 Due To Trump Ban!
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FedEx Reverses Stance, Calls It An Operational Error
A day later, FedEx reversed its stance, calling its earlier refusal to deliver the HUAWEI P30 smartphone an “operational error“.
“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 US regulatory environment.”
The layperson’s translation would go something along these lines :
We finally realised we had no right to refuse the delivery, so it is now an “operational error”.
Please don’t blame us because we have to keep adjusting to US regulations that change on the whims of an unstable idiot.
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FedEx Clarifies Its HUAWEI Ban Policy
In other words, FedEx had no legal basis for refusing to deliver ANY HUAWEI device to any US resident.
On 23 June 2019, FedEx finally clarified its HUAWEI ban policy, stating that,
“FedEx can accept and transport all Huawei products except for any shipments to listed Huawei entities on the U.S. Entity List.”
Just as we pointed out earlier – FedEx is only legally required not to knowingly ship technology to HUAWEI and its 68 affiliates listed on the US Entity List.
This puts them on the same page as their rival, UPS, who confirmed in this earlier tweet :
“There is nothing prohibiting shipping a Huawei phone from the U.K. to the U.S.”
Finally, someone at FedEx read up on the fine print of the HUAWEI Trump ban! Congratulations!
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