On Monday, the 24th of June 2019, the US-based multinational courier service provider, FedEx had filed a lawsuit against US government saying that the company must not be held accountable if it unintentionally shipped Chinese products that might violate a US ban on exports of some Chinese companies.
Latest FedEx move came after a day one of its packages containing a Huawei phone addressed to United States sent by a British citizen had been returned back to the sender in Britain, which FedEx had been labelling as an “operational error” for the moment being, but its latest delivery errors were actually prompted by increasing tension between Beijing and Washington.
In fact, over frets that China could blacklist FedEx, the US-based multinational parcel service provider’s share price had closed yesterday’s (June 24th) market down by 2.7 percent. Meanwhile, a pro-CCP-based Chinese newspaper report published on Sunday (June 23rd) had also revealed that Beijing might add FedEx in its hit-list of foreign companies operating in China as an act of retaliation against Trump’s Huawei ban.
However, it its court filing in a district court of Columbia, FedEx lawsuit said that the company should not be held responsible to enforce any export ban to any foreign company. Concomitantly, it also added in the filing, “Export restriction rules essentially deputize FedEx to police the contents of the millions of packages it ships daily even though doing so is a virtually impossible task, logistically, economically, and in many cases, legally”.