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China Goes After FedEx for 'Diverted' Packages

A new development in the Huawei hubbub
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 1, 2019 8:00 AM CDT
In this photo taken May 20, 2019, a man stands outside a Huawei store in Beijing.   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

(Newser) – China's state media says the country is investigating FedEx after it allegedly diverted packages sent by Chinese tech giant Huawei, the AP reports. The official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday that FedEx "severely harmed clients' legitimate rights and interests and violated China's delivery industry regulations." Four packages containing paperwork sent out by Huawei were found to have been either diverted, per Huawei, or were attempted to be diverted, to FedEx headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., instead of being delivered to Huawei offices in Asia. Huawei tells Reuters two of the packages were sent from Japan and two from Vietnam.

One package sent from Vietnam did arrive at its destination Friday, the company acknowledged, while another appears to be on its way, per tracking info. FedEx apologized and said the packages were misrouted accidentally. It added the company wasn't told by anyone to divert the packages. "This is an isolated issue limited to a very small number of packages," says a FedEx spokeswoman. "We are aware of all shipments at issue and are working directly with our customers to return the packages to their possession." The missed deliveries drew unusual attention because of speculation that they're related to rising US-China trade tensions and US sanctions on Huawei.

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