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Can I nonetheless purchase DJI merchandise within the US?

Leigh Miller from Toronto, Canada, CC BY-SA 2.0

Can you still buy DJI products in the US? Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce decided to blacklist DJI from foreign companies. The huge community of DJI users in the US isn’t sure how this will affect them.

You can still buy and use DJI products, and all of your DJI apps and products will continue to work, according to the company.

DRONELIFE reached out to DJI for an explanation of the US Department of Commerce’s decision: “DJI is disappointed with the US Department of Commerce’s decision. Customers in America can still purchase 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. “

What happens next?

Inclusion on the list is bad advertisement in the immediate timeframe that DJI struggled with last year when US government agencies questioned the safety of technology made in China. The legal implications of the entity list are as follows:

The EAR (15 CFR parts 730-774) imposes additional license requirements for exports, re-exports and transfers (within the country) to listed companies and limits their availability. The license verification policy for each listed entity is specified in the License Verification Policy column in the entity list. The effects on the availability of license exemptions are described in the relevant notice from the federal registry on adding entities to the entity list. BIS includes entities in accordance with Part 744 (Control Policy: End-User and End-Use-Based) and Part 746 (Embargoes and Other Special Controls) of the EAR in the entity list.

In short, US companies will find it harder to export parts to DJI.

Is the decision permanent?

Not necessarily. This latest list added 76 new units to the list and removed 4. Inclusion on the list requires a majority of the votes of the End User Review Committee (EAR), which includes representatives from the Department of Commerce, the Department of State and the Department of Defense. Department of Energy and sometimes the Department of Finance. Removal from the list requires a unanimous vote by the EAR.

Miriam McNabb is editor-in-chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a marketplace for professional drone services, and a fascinating observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has authored over 3,000 articles focusing on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam graduated from the University of Chicago and has over 20 years experience in high-tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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