Ross says licenses for US companies to sell to Huawei coming ‘shortly’

President Donald Trump promised in June to provide some relief to firms that did business with Huawei


Reuters November 04, 2019
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross meets with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (not pictured) at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece September 5, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said licenses for US companies to sell components to China’s Huawei will come “very shortly,” in an interview with Bloomberg published on Sunday.

Ross said the licenses “will be forthcoming very shortly” and that the US government had received 206 requests.

“That’s a lot of applications - it’s frankly more than we would’ve thought,” Ross added.

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Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In May, Huawei, the world’s largest telecoms equipment provider, was put under a US blacklist citing national security concerns, effectively banning it from buying American-made parts without a special license, while US companies were banned from selling to Huawei without carrying a special license.

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US President Donald Trump promised in June to provide some relief to firms that did business with Huawei.

On US-China trade developments, Ross said there was no reason the deal could not be on track to be signed this month.

“We are in good shape, we are making good progress, and there is no natural reason why it could not be,” Bloomberg quoted Ross as saying.

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