Indonesian Flag Carrier Garuda Indonesia Prohibits Shipment of Chinese Manufactured Smartphones
Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has prohibited the shipping of Chinese manufactured Vivo smartphones in its cargo hold, after a consignment of the company's Y20 smartphone caught fire in Hong Kong Airport.
Garuda Indonesia President Director Irfan Setiaputra confirmed the ban. “We have suspended the shipment of [Vivo smartphones] after it caught on fire in Hong Kong," he said.
"[Garuda] has issued an internal Cargo Information Notice [CIN] warning against transporting the commodity. The step is an cautionary measure to ensure that safety are followed. Prior to our decision, a number of airliners also decided against transporting the phone,”
Vivo’s offices in Indonesia acknowledged Garuda’s concerns. “Vivo Indonesia is following this incident closely. We will work closely with [Hong Kong authorities] on this matter,” the company said.
“We will do our utmost to ensure that [Vivo] contains nothing less than the most rigorous safety standards.” Vivo and Oppo are among the leading smartphone brands Indonesia.
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