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Some US companies are again actively selling components to Huawei. They can ignore the US government's sanctions because they have found a loophole in the rules.

American chip manufacturers are still selling products worth several million dollars to Huawei, reports The New York Times. These include companies such as Intel and Micron. In order to actively continue the trade, these companies have found ways not to have to label their products as manufactured in America.

After the USA had placed Huawei on the so-called "Entity List", US companies are prohibited from trading with the Chinese manufacturer. Although there is now a transitional period until August, this only applies to components for current products, but not for future ones.

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The US government's move has caused a great deal of confusion not only in China, but also among Huawei's suppliers, writes The New York Times. Many deliveries were therefore stopped for the time being. Until lawyers had picked the regulation apart and decisions of the companies were also partially confirmed by the US Department of Commerce.

The blockade is not a one-way street

This is possible, for example, if chips are produced outside the USA and do not contain "technology that threatens national security". But there are also restrictions. No other services, such as the use of the product, may be offered even if the chipset was built outside the United States.

According to the report, this rule had already forced companies to review their supply chains and consider relocating production. It is not only possible to withdraw production from China, but also from the USA, said Kevin Wolf, a former trade ministry employee who now advises companies on the Huawei issue. Other countries would then be the winners.

Because the rule is not only a problem for Huawei, but other US companies also fear for big business. The courier service FedEx has meanwhile sued the US government for the trade embargo. The reason is probably that FedEX had not originally transported a P30 Pro to the USA. According to the complaint, which Huawei does not explicitly mention, it is an unreasonable burden for the company to have to know the origin of every package sent.

Intel and Micron did not want to comment on this to the New York Times. However, Micron boss Sanjay Mehrotra has confirmed in an annual report that he has resumed deliveries to Huawei. It is unclear whether the deliveries will be used for future products.

Source: New York Times

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Julius Stiebert

Julius Stiebert

Julius has been working as a technology journalist since 2005, although he took a few breaks to travel the world. He's part of AndroidPIT since May 2019, carrying an iPhone with him most of the time. In his spare time he's taking photos - not always digitally.

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  • Alec B. 12
    Alec B. Jun 29, 2019 Link to comment

    USA + 4 other country's together have a massive spying setup in every how come MEDIA never comments what spying/hacking WE get up to .....people aren't totally thick, we in NZ have Surveillance/probing stations all over, same as our other 4 partners....but not our own spying/listening/hacking satellites..yet !