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FedEx Lobs New Attack on Trade Limits as China Threat Looms

  • Courier’s suit says U.S. rules place ’unreasonable burden’
  • Beijing weighs placing company on list of unreliable entities
The FedEx Corp. logo is displayed on the side of trucks in Shanghai, China.

The FedEx Corp. logo is displayed on the side of trucks in Shanghai, China.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

FedEx Corp. has fired a new weapon in the simmering U.S.-China trade war, suing the Trump administration to block enforcement of trade restrictions that had placed the company in Beijing’s crosshairs.

The federal lawsuit comes after the White House barred U.S. companies from selling technology to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co. While trying to comply, FedEx employees mistakenly flagged packages involving Huawei in two incidents and now China is considering adding the courier to a list of so-called unreliable entities.