Seagate Allegedly Broke Export Rules To Sell Huawei Hard Drives

On Oct. 26, Seagate Technology stated in an official document that it received a warning issued by the U.S. government that it violated export control laws by supplying hard disk drives to Huawei, a company on the U.S. trade blacklist.

Seagate is one of the world’s leading hard drive manufacturers. According to SEC filings, it was warned by the U.S. Department of Commerce in a “proposed charging letter” as early as Aug. 29.

The company is said to have supplied the products to Huawei and its affiliates between August 2020 and September 2021, despite that Huawei was placed on a trade blacklist in 2019 for its violation of the U.S. national security policies. According to the relevant law, companies on this trade blacklist are not allowed to purchase products exported from the U.S. and some countries without the approval of the U.S. government.

Last October, Republicans on the Senate Commerce Committee released a report, claiming that Seagate may have supplied restricted products to Huawei for up to one year.

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