Ross said the licenses “will be forthcoming very shortly” and that the U.S. government had received 206 requests.
“That’s a lot of applications – it’s frankly more than we would’ve thought,” Ross added.
Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In May, Huawei, the world’s largest telecoms equipment provider, was put under a U.S. blacklist citing national security concerns, effectively banning it from buying American-made parts without a special license, while U.S. companies were banned from selling to Huawei without carrying a special license.
On U.S.-China trade developments, Ross said there was no reason the deal could not be on track to be signed this month.
“We are in good shape, we are making good progress, and there is no natural reason why it could not be,” Bloomberg quoted Ross as saying.