Yesterday, the US Department of Commerce added DJI among the 77 new entries in his "Entity List". What exactly this means for the company's future in the US remains uncertain, but it has since responded to TechCrunch's request for comment.
"DJI is disappointed with the decision of the US Department of Commerce," a spokesman for the drone giant told TechCrunch. “Customers in America can still buy and use DJI products normally. DJI continues to strive to create the most innovative products in the industry that define our company and benefit the world. "
As the previous Huawei example demonstrated, the impact on listing can change over time, depending, among other things, on the strength of the US-China relationship. The smartphone giant was dealt a severe blow after being banned from access to key U.S. technologies, including Google's Android.
The reason for including DJI is part of a broad focus on "widespread human rights violations" – probably more specifically the "high-tech surveillance" subgroup. Here is the entry:
The ERC decided to add the AGCU Scientech entities; China National Scientific Instruments and Materials (CNSIM); DJI; and Kuang-Chi Group for activities that run counter to US foreign policy interests. In particular, these four units have enabled widespread human rights violations in China through abusive genetic collection and analysis or high-tech surveillance and / or facilitated the export through China of items that, contrary to US foreign policy, support repressive regimes worldwide interests.
One of the many larger factors that play a role in DJI's position in the US is the shape of relations with China under the new Biden administration. The decision could have an even more direct impact on the many state and federal agencies currently using the drone maker's products.