Fedex files lawsuit against USA over task of regulating exports to China

Fedex files lawsuit against USA over task of regulating exports to China

Federal Express is suing the US Department of Commerce, arguing that US export control laws are so onerous that it's impossible for FedEx to comply with them.

FedEx has filed a lawsuit against the United States government arguing that it should not be made to enforce export bans.

FedEx on Monday said it has filed a lawsuit in US District Court seeking to stop the Department of Commerce from enforcing new export prohibitions contained against the package delivery company.

In its lawsuit, FedEx said most packages are sealed when customers drop them off, making it impossible for the company to know the contents. It was returned to sender, with a label attached saying "parcel returned by FedEx, due to United States government issue" with Huawei and the Chinese government, according to PCMag.


The latest turn came Monday when the Chinese foreign ministry demanded an explanation for why FedEx refused to ship a Huawei phone from Britain to the United States. The burden of enforcing them falls on private companies and there's nearly no limit to how vindictive the USA state is prepared to be to anyone who gets them wrong, just ask ZTE.

One of PCMag's writers in the United Kingdom shipped a Huawei P30 Pro to one of the site's USA employees.

[FedEx] can accept and transport all Huawei products except for any shipments to listed Huawei entities on the U.S. Entity List. However, FedEx says, most of its packages are sealed before shipment. Last month, Chinese authorities said they would investigate FedEx for misdirecting packages sent by Huawei.

This development means the trade war between the USA and China has now assumed a new dimension; and could adversely worsen the situation Huawei found itself since the trade embargo was announced by the USA government.


It is almost impossible for FedEx to exactly what technology is contained in its deliveries, and where it comes from, company chairman Fred Smith told Bret Baier Monday on "Special Report".

"We're required under the regulations of the department to certify that the shipper - who may or may not be telling the truth - is in compliance with those export regulations". The smartphone giant said that FedEx was planning to do the same thing with two other Huawei packages, also bound for Huawei offices in China.

China announced last month it would create its own blacklist of "unreliable" companies and individuals, which could target U.S. and global firms that have cut off supplies to Huawei.

In an interview with Fox News, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that: "The regulation states that common carriers can not knowingly ship items in contravention of the entity list or other export control authorities".


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