US tech firms defy Huawei ban to keep trading

The Trump Administration’s ban on Huawei has been poorly received, to say the least. While Google and FedEx tackle the issue with different tactics, more companies are outright just ignoring the ban entirely and taking steps to evade it.

Industry tech leaders (with Intel and Micron being named) have used a provision that allows them to sell products produced overseas to Huawei. This is because such products do not have to be labelled as American-made and can, therefore, continue to sell their components to Huawei.

The Trump Administration for its part is divided on how to respond. According to the report, some understand the spirit of the law is being violated (because said administration would never violate the spirit of any law naturally) and would most likely want to push for enforcement. Others would note that this path allows the ban to remain in place while reliving some of the burden it places on American firms.

In a statement that reflects the Industry’s broader take on the Huawei ban, the Semiconductor Industry Association said:

As we have discussed with the U.S. government, it is now clear some items may be supplied to Huawei consistent with the Entity List and applicable regulations. Each company is impacted differently based on their specific products and supply chains, and each company must evaluate how best to conduct its business and remain in compliance.

Source: New York Times

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