China investigates FedEx for Huawei diverted packages error
The missed deliveries drew unusual attention because of speculation that they’re related to rising U.S.-China trade tensions and U.S. sanctions on Huawei.
China has opened an investigation into FedEx’s actions, which “severely harmed clients’ legitimate rights and interests and violated China’s delivery industry regulations,” the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Four packages containing paperwork sent out by Huawei were found to have been diverted to FedEx headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee, instead of being delivered to Huawei offices in Asia.
FedEx apologized and said the packages were misrouted accidentally. It added that the company wasn’t told by anyone to divert the packages.
Huawei officials have questioned whether the diversions were truly inadvertent.
“I don’t think it is right for any company to intercept or detain individual documents or information,” Song Liuping, Huawei’s chief legal officer, told reporters Wednesday. “If our rights were truly infringed upon, we have the legal right to defend ourselves.” ■