Chinese Police Probe Gun in FedEx Package



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BEIJING—Chinese police are investigating the presence of a gun in a package shipped by


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to China from the U.S., the most up-to-date scrutiny directed at the American shipping firm by Chinese authorities.

The package was sent by a U.S. client to a sports-gear firm in China’s southern Fujian province, police in the provincial capital of Fuzhou mentioned Sunday.

Fuzhou police launched the probe soon after getting a report and confiscated the gun, according to a microblog post by police in Fuzhou’s Jin’an district. The post didn’t name the client who sent the package or the recipient firm.

Chinese law prohibits the delivery of firearms, and bringing firearms into the nation demands a quantity of permits, such as from public-safety and customs authorities.

FedEx didn’t quickly respond to a request for comment. ​

FedEx bans shipments of firearms outdoors the U.S., according to the company’s service guide. Domestically, such shipments are permitted supplied the shipper and recipient meet particular criteria, such as compliance with licensing laws.

Chinese authorities are currently investigating FedEx more than the mishandling of packages destined for Chinese telecom-gear maker Huawei Technologies Co. The U.S. delivery firm has apologized more than the mishandling, which occurred in Might, and mentioned it is cooperating with authorities in that probe.

State media accused FedEx of knowingly violating Chinese laws, noting that the alleged gun was shipped throughout the continuing government probe into the mishandled deliveries.

In its Sunday evening newscast, China Central Tv mentioned FedEx should be severely punished for actions that have “gravely harmed China’s public security” and “definitely are not occasional operational errors.” It named on the U.S. firm to cooperate with the investigation and account for its behavior.

Create to Chun Han Wong at [email protected]

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