BEIJING — Chinese police are investigating the presence of a gun in a package shipped by FedEx Corp. to China from the U.S., the latest scrutiny directed at the American shipping company by Chinese authorities.
The package was sent by a U.S. client to a sports-gear company in China’s southern Fujian province, police in the provincial capital of Fuzhou said Sunday.
Fuzhou police launched the probe after receiving a report recently 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 company that received it. Chinese law prohibits the delivery of firearms, and bringing firearms into the country requires a number of permits, including from public security and customs authorities.
FedEx FDX, +2.08% said it had notified the authorities about this shipment on June 14. “We take this matter seriously, and will continue to fully cooperate,” a company spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. Chinese authorities are already investigating FedEx over the mishandling of packages destined for Chinese telecom-gear maker Huawei Technologies Co. State media accused FedEx of knowingly violating Chinese laws, noting that the alleged gun was shipped during the government probe into the mishandled deliveries.
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