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Cablegate: Extrancheck: Pre-License Check: Starlite

VZCZCXYZ0010
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHHK #1462 1510406
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 310406Z MAY 07
FM AMCONSUL HONG KONG
TO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1788
RHMFIUU/HQ BICE WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS HONG KONG 001462

SIPDIS

USDOC FOR 532/OEA/LHINES/DFARROW
USDOC FOR 3132 FOR FCS/OIO REGIONAL DIRECTOR
WILLIAM ZARIT
BICE FOR OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INVESTIGATIONS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: BMGT BEXP HK ETRD ETTC
SUBJECT: EXTRANCHECK: PRE-LICENSE CHECK: STARLITE
PRINTERS LTD.

REF: A) USDOC 03924 B) D375208

1. Unauthorized disclosure of the information
provided below is prohibited by Section 12C of the
Export Administration Act.

2. As per reftel A request and at the direction of
the Office of Enforcement Analysis of the USDOC
Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Export
Control Officer Philip Ankel (ECO) conducted a
pre-license check (PLC) at Starlite Printers Ltd.,
31 Tai Yau St, 3/F, Kowloon, Hong Kong (Starlite
Printers). The purpose of the visit was to
determine the suitability of Starlite Printers to
be a recipient of two non-metallic, double
diaphragm pumps that are the subject of license
application D375208. The items (ECCN 2B350) are
valued at USD 1094 and are controlled for chemical
and biological weapons reasons (CB). The license
applicant is Ingersoll-Rand Company of Woodcliff
Lake, New Jersey.

3. A review of Hong Kong Companies Registry
records reveals that Starlite Printers has been in
existence since 1980. Its paid-in capital is the
Hong Kong equivalent of USD 600,000. Hong Kong
identity card holders Kwong Yu Lam and Chui Yeung
are directors.

4. On May 21, 2007, the ECO visited Starlite
Printers at the address above and met with Ms.
Pauline Chan, Assistant Manager of the Materials
Department. Ms. Chan stated that Starlite
Printers is a multinational printing company with
its headquarters in Hong Kong and production
facilities in Singapore and mainland China
(www.hkstarlite.com). The parent company and
corporate headquarters are located in Hong Kong.
Ms. Chan stated that approximately 100 employees
work at the Hong Kong offices and they are
responsible for a range of management, design,
procurement and shipping matters on behalf of the
Starlite group.

5. According to Ms. Chan, the pumps will be used
in Starlite Printers's Shenzhen facility. Ms.
Chan did not appear to be expert in the exact use
of the pumps but documentation she provided
indicated that the pumps would be used as part of
a printing process utilizing water based varnish.
She further stated that the pumps would be spares
to ensure that the existing machine remains in
operation in the event of pump failure in the
existing machine(s).

6. Ms. Chan provided the ECO with all relevant
documentation in respect of the order. She was
well versed in Hong Kong TID trade controls and
understood that the pumps are controlled and
subject to U.S. export licensing requirements.
ECO took the occasion to inform Ms. Chan of BIS
reexport controls and provided her with BIS
outreach documentation on reexport controls.

7. At the time visited, Starlite Printers appeared
to be a suitable recipient of the subject
controlled items since it cooperated fully with
the PLC and provided information on the proposed
use of the items. In addition, Starlite Printers
operates a line a business that is consistent with
the potential use of the ordered items. However,
ECO notes that he was not able to view the
production facility where the item will be used as
it is in mainland China. The ECO recommends that
this PLC be classified as Favorable.

Cunningham

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