The Chinese company is in the middle of a trade war between Washington and Beijing. The US claims Huawei equipment can be exploited for spying, while the company denies the allegations.
Chinese tech company Huawei filed a lawsuit against the US Commerce Department on Friday over seized Chinese telecom equipment that was due to be returned to China, according to Reuters.
According to the court filing, Huawei shipped a server and an Ethernet switch for testing in a US-based laboratory. After the tests were completed, Huawei’s US office prepared to ship the equipment back to China, but the gear was seized by the Feds and stored in a warehouse in Alaska.
“The equipment, to the best of HT USA’s knowledge, remains in a bureaucratic limbo in an Alaskan warehouse,” Huawei said in its lawsuit.
In its lawsuit, the Chinese company states that Export Administration Regulations are the only reason that could be applied to justify seizing the equipment, asserting that those regulations cannot be applied to equipment that was manufactured outside the US, shipped to the US for testing and in the process of being returned to China.
The company demands the equipment either be released for shipment or for the Commerce Department to justify its actions.