DJI has allegedly been banned from exhibiting at CES 2023 due to its inclusion on the US Entity List for human rights violations.

Update: CTA just confirmed to DroneXL by email that “Companies on the Department of Commerce Entity List are not allowed to exhibit at CES.” The relevant language is part of the CTA CES 2023 exhibitor contract.

DJI was added to the list in 2020 because of “wide-scale human rights abuses within through abusive genetic collection and analysis or high-technology surveillance,” according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

A source in the tells us that DJI did intend to be present at CES 2023. However, the dronemaker was not permitted to have a booth since the Consumer Technology Association apparently forbids any firm that is on the Entity List for human rights violations from participating.

Huawei not banned from CES 2023

It’s interesting to note that despite being on the Entity List, Huawei was still allowed to exhibit at CES in 2020. In 2023, the business will not be exhibiting at the expo. Huawei is on the list for national security concerns, which apparently is not in violation of the CTA’s terms and conditions.

We’ve reached out to DJI and CTA for comment on the dronemaker’s absence from the world’s biggest consumer electronics exhibition.

We will update this article if and when we hear back from DJI and/or CTA.

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Back in 2020, DJI still showed the V2.0 at its booth at CES.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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3 Comments

  1. typical USA BullSh*t, they should keep their noses out, scummy country.
    DJI like other companies build the drones, they don’t actively use them for bad reasons.
    What the Chinese do with those drones is not down to DJI, bear in mind that the USA also allows the killing of tens of thousands of people each year to gun crime, yet they do not blame the gun companies for this terrible act of human rights, and thats before the MILLIONS killed worldwide, and then the human rights of all those millions starving and homeless, what a joke

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