US offers another 90 day reprieve for Huawei

The US Department of Commerce has announced another 90-day extension to firms who would wish to continue trade with Huawei. The US first offered one which would have expired today, but has granted another one to give US entities more time to wean themselves off the Chinese giant.

“As we continue to urge consumers to transition away from Huawei’s products, we recognize that more time is necessary to prevent any disruption,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Monday. “Simultaneously, we are constantly working at the Department to ensure that any exports to Huawei and its affiliates do not violate the terms of the Entity Listing or Temporary General License.”

Huawei was placed on the entities list this May, and the firm was immediately restricted from doing business with Google, Microsoft and Intel amongst others.

The Temporary General License allows both Huawei and these firms to carry out any activities that would let them discharge any existing contractual obligation to the other. That is to say, Huawei can deliver Android updates to its phones and support its devices for as long as the TGL is in existence.

The US initially indicated that it might be lifting the ban in general, but that has hit a wall as the trade war with China heated up.

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