FedEx Corp has apologized for another Huawei delivery "mistake", reigniting Chinese ire and drawing the fire of state media which suggested the U.S. delivery firm could end up on China's upcoming list of companies that harm national interests.
The logistics giant added that FedEx is "a transportation company, not a law enforcement agency". He also said that the regulations place an enormous burden on FedEx and other common carriers to know exactly what is in each package and from whom it originates.
The statement was released hours after China called on FedEx to explain why a parcel from Huawei to the U.S. went undelivered, in the second spat between the two companies in less than a month.
FedEx Corp has apologized for returning a package which the sender said contained a Huawei smartphone, blaming an "operational error" as it works to comply with US restrictions on business with China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. However, it turns out the executive order was misinterpreted by whichever customs agent handled the parcel.
The U.S. Commerce Department has banned a number of Chinese firms in recent weeks from buying sensitive U.S. technology.
"This is not the first time FedEx has made a Huawei-related mistake", said Geng Shuang, spokesman for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Cryptically, though, the company did point out that "the return to sender label attached to the package in question was not generated by FedEx". The contents of the package was a Huawei P30 Pro smartphone.
FedEx says that doing so is both legally and logistically impossible.
Authorities in China have nearly completed the preparations that would be needed to blacklist FedEx, the people said, declining to be named because the information hasn't been made public.
USA conveyance company FedEx has tabulated litigation against the USA government asserted that it should not be demanded to administer federal government export prohibition.
Earlier this month, FedEx apologized for delivery errors on Huawei packages following reports that parcels were returned to senders, and China's biggest tech company said it's reviewing its relationship with the US delivery service. PcMag had sent the package via FedEx which was 5 hours later returned to them.
In an interview with Fox News, FedEx CEO Fred Smith commented: "Under the Department of Commerce regulations, we are expected to be the policeman for these export and import controls". Further, FedEx explained that it would publicly deliver all products made by Huawei to all addresses, except for the ones that are on the USA blacklist.