U.S. Goverment blacklists DJI, adds company to “Entity” list

ith tensions between the U.S. and China worsening, many lawmakers have been looking to ban Chinese-made drone tech from government drone programs. The Department of Justice (DOJ) previously banned the purchase of DJI drones with program funds, while the Department of the Interior downed DJI’s entire drone fleet despite a scheduled collaboration aimed at reassuring customers about data security.

U.S. Goverment blacklists DJI, adds company to “Entity” list
U.S. Goverment blacklists DJI, adds company to “Entity” list

U.S. Goverment blacklists DJI, adds company to “Entity” list

China’s DJI, one of the largest drone manufacturers in the world, has been blacklisted by the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC). The company was recently added to USDOC’s “Entity” list, along with 76 other companies, including several Chinese technology companies and research institutions.

With tensions between the U.S. and China worsening, many lawmakers have been looking to ban Chinese-made drone tech from government drone programs. The Department of Justice (DOJ) previously banned the purchase of DJI drones with program funds, while the Department of the Interior downed DJI’s entire drone fleet despite a scheduled collaboration aimed at reassuring customers about data security.

Being included in the USDOC’s “Entity” list means that DJI has been found to “pose a significant risk of being or becoming involved in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.”

DJI’s inclusion in the list will not only affect its U.S. market, but could severely restrict its ability to source components in the U.S., as well.