FedEx Corp said an operational error prevented a Huawei Technologies package from being delivered to the United States, just weeks after the US delivery company said an error led to the Chinese firm's packages being misdirected.
"The package in question was mistakenly returned to the shipper, and we apologize for this operational error," FedEx said. A company spokeswoman confirmed that the package was US-bound but declined to say what it contained.
The mainland's Global Times newspaper said in a tweet later that FedEx is likely to be added to country's 'unreliable entities list' due to the incident.
Amid a bruising trade dispute between Washington and Beijing, China threatened late in May to unveil an unprecedented hit-list of "unreliable" foreign firms.
China launched an investigation into FedEx earlier this month over Huawei parcels delivered to the wrong address, without giving details about the deliveries in question. State news agency Xinhua had said back then that the investigation into FedEx over misdirected mail should not be regarded as retaliation against the US company amid the trade spat.