Huawei is reviewing its relationship with FedEx after it claimed two of its packages were “diverted to America”, amid rising tensions between the Chinese technology company and the US government.
Donald Trump’s administration has repeatedly warned that Huawei’s equipment could be used for spying by China, and earlier this month the US president signed an executive order which effectively banned the company from America’s 5G network.
Huawei has maintained it is independent of the Chinese state and has now accused American courier FedEx of diverting its packages to the US, despite the fact they were travelling between Asian addresses.
The company said that FedEx diverted two parcels sent from Japan and addressed to its offices in China, instead sending them to the US, and attempted to divert two more packages sent from Vietnam to offices elsewhere in Asia.
Huawei provided images of FedEx tracking records to Reuters, but the news agency said it has not yet verified their authenticity. Huawei said one package originating in Vietnam was received by Friday, and the other was on its way.
The four packages did not contain any technology, but important commercial documents, according to Huawei.
Joe Kelly, a spokesman for the technology giant, said: “The recent experiences where important commercial documents sent via FedEx were not delivered to their destination, and instead were either diverted to, or were requested to be diverted to, FedEx in the United States, undermines our confidence”.
“We will now have to review our logistics and document delivery support requirements as a direct result of these incidents,” he added.
Maury Donahue, a spokeswoman for FedEx, said that the packages were “misrouted in error” and insisted that it was not at the request of any other party.
“This is an isolated issue limited to a very small number of packages,” said FedEx. “We are aware of all shipments at issue and are working directly with our customers to return the packages to their possession.”
FedEx’s China office on Tuesday issued an apology on its Chinese social media account for the “mishandling” of Huawei’s packages and insisted there was no “external pressure” to divert them.