Will DJI’s drones ever be able to take off again?

In a decidedly non-festive move, the US government recently placed drone maker DJI on its “Entity List”, the same blacklist Huawei found itself on last year.

DJI ban: reasons according to the US Department of Commerce

The December 18, the US Department of Commerce announced that several companies, including the Chinese manufacturer DJI, had been added to its “list of entities”. This list does not prohibit DJI from selling its products in the United States. But she restricts DJI’s access to US technologies, which could have an impact on the brand’s product development chains.

Although the US government did not specifically reveal why DJI was added to the “entity list,” it did reveal two reasons why four companies, including DJI, were blacklisted.

According to the Federal Register of the US government, these reasons include “the possibility of human rights violations on a large scale in China through abusive genetic collection and analysis or high-tech surveillance ”and“ the export facilitation by China of articles that help repressive regimes around the world ”.

All this was judged “contrary to the interests of the foreign policy of the United States“, Which earned DJI a place on the list. At the same time, the move could have significant repercussions for society and for drone fans.

The impacts on the use or purchase of DJI drones

For the time being, there is no significant impact yet from users. After the decision was announced, DJI said on Twitter: “We are disappointed with the US Department of Commerce’s decision. US customers can continue to purchase and use DJI products normally. DJI remains committed to developing the most innovative products in the industry that define our business and benefit the world ”.

Users can therefore continue to fly or buy drones as the DJI Mini 2 or the DJI Mavic Air 2 as usual, as there was no immediate impact on the availability or stock of its drones and gimbals. However, this may change next year.