US authorities have imposed a $300m penalty on tech firm Seagate for allegedly violating export controls of hard disk drives to China’s Huawei
Report says Seagate Technology shipped more than $1.1bn worth of goods to Huawei after export controls were introduced in 2020, the Department of Commerce said.
The penalty is the latest move by the US government to stop sales of sophisticated technology to China.
US authorities have said such equipment may be used by China’s military.
According to the Commerce Department, Seagate shipped 7.4 million drives to Huawei for about a year after the rule was imposed by the administration of former President Donald Trump.
It continued to do so “even after Huawei was placed on the Entity List for conduct inimical to our national security,” the department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, Matthew Axelrod said.
The penalty will be paid in instalments of $15m every three months for the next five years, Seagate said.
Huawei was put on a US trade restrictions list in 2019 as part of Washington’s efforts to cut sales of American goods to the company over national security and foreign policy concerns.
Report says companies specialising in 5G technology such as Huawei, ZTE, and Hytera have been banned from installing equipment on networks in the US, Australia, Japan, India, and Canada.
Meanwhile, the UK government has ordered equipment installed by Huawei to be removed from 5G networks by 2027.
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