The Commerce Department’s enforcement staff was told by a senior US official to treat Huawei as a blacklisted company. The company was put on the Entity List of the US in May 2019. Being on the Entity List, means that the company has been blacklisted.
Recently, in the G20 summit in Osaka, Trump surprised everyone by telling the Chinese President that Huawei would be allowed to do business with US companies once again.
Trump’s announcement to allow Huawei to do business with the US companies was seen by many as a signal to the Chinese that the US wanted to revive the trade negotiations with China.
According to Reuters, John Sonderman, Deputy Director of the Office of Export Enforcement, in the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), wrote an email to enforcement staff, to clarify how agents should deal with approval license requests made by companies who want to sell to Huawei.
Huawei told Reuters on Wednesday, July 3rd 2019, that the founder and CEO of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei said about Trump’s statement that it was, “Good for the American companies.”
Officials said that the Commerce Department was still not given any further details on how to deal with Huawei. According to officials, they didn’t receive any instructions apart from an email by John Sonderman.
Trade Advisor to the White House, Peter Navarro, said on Tuesday that the government would allow, “low tech” chips sales to Huawei, which do not affect National Security.