Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei is reviewing its relationship with FedEx Corp after it claimed the USA package delivery company, without detailed explanation, diverted two parcels destined for Huawei addresses in Asia to the United States and attempted to reroute two others.
The company said that FedEx diverted two parcels sent from Japan and addressed to its offices in China, instead sending them to the United States, and attempted to divert two more packages sent from Vietnam to offices elsewhere in Asia.
Huawei provided images of tracking records to support its claims, which also detailed the unsuccessful attempted diversion of two Huawei shipments from Vietnam to other locations in Asia. One of the packages has now been delivered to its correct destination with no indication it had been tampered with, the company said.
Huawei spokesman Joe Kelly said that the diverted packages contained "important commercial documents, " and that the incident had "undermined their confidence" in the US-based shipping company.
"We confirm that no external parties requested that FedEx transfer these packages", it said.
It'll be interesting to see how this plays out, but it could be an isolated incident that has no correlation to Huawei's trade ban. It's unclear what that referred to, and FedEx hasn't elaborated, but it could mean any number of events that interrupt a package's delivery, including a holiday, a customs delay or a lack of recipient at the delivery site, according to the company's website. The diverted packages ended up in FedEx's headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee.
A post by FedEx on Chinese social media site Weibo on May 23 clearly aims at damage control, denying the packages were sent to the US.
Huawei has repeatedly denied any allegations of espionage and says the USA has produced no proof to support its claims.
FedEx did not provide an explanation for what the "delivery exception" was in this case.
A FedEx spokeswoman said the packages were diverted "in error", and denied that the USA government or anyone else had asked to send them somewhere else. "Hence, the shipment is not deliver to consignee and now being hold at FDX station and under process to RTS it (return to sender)", the representative wrote in broken English, according to an email Huawei showed to Reuters.
Huawei told Reuters that both Vietnam packages were sent by its shipping agent, a contractor that Huawei did not identify.
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