Japan-owned, Singapore-based container transportation business Ocean Network Express (ONE) has banned Vivo Y20 mobile phones from its container cargoes until further notice, reports The Loadstar. The Y20 is only one of a number of mobile phoned manufactured by China based Vivo, which recently has begun a push to expand beyond its domestic market.
A number of airlines had already made the same decision.
A fire started in a shipment of Vivo mobile phones at Hong Kong Airport last month ONE told customers this week it would stop accepting “bookings of the Vivo Y20 mobile phone and its non-DG lithium battery with immediate effect until further notice”.
The Vivo phone has a lithium ion cell that is classed as ‘small’, at about 19 watt-hours.
Vivo continues to export its phones, most of which are made in China, but the decision by ONE to extend the ban on Y20s from airlines to shipping could lead to greater difficulties for the business in the budget phone segment.