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Cablegate: Extrancheck: Pre-License Check: Mitron

VZCZCXYZ0001
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHHK #2682 2980239
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 250239Z OCT 07
FM AMCONSUL HONG KONG
TO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3252
RHMFIUU/HQ BICE WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS HONG KONG 002682

SIPDIS

USDOC FOR 532/OEA/LHINES/JSONDERMAN
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: MITRON

REF: A) USDOC 08860 B) D378186 C) HK 00915

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 (OEA) of the USDOC Bureau of Industry and
Security (BIS), Export Control Officer Philip Ankel (ECO) attempted
to conduct a pre-license check (PLC) at Mitron, Rua Dos Curtidores
N. 13, 4-and-AEDF, Chun I Lau, Macau (Mitron). The PLC concerned an
amplifier valued at USD 31,850. The license applicant is CTT Inc.,
of Sunnyvale, California. The item is not on the Commerce Control
List (EAR99) and is therefore only controlled to restricted
destinations and to restricted end-users/uses.

3. An initial internet search for Mitron in Macau did not uncover
any information on this company. Nor did such search uncover any
information concerning the company's purported phone number and
address. The contact phone number is a mobile phone number in
Macau.

4. The FCS Commercial Assistant called the contact number on
several occasions to no avail. A Mr. Sit eventually answered the
phone and identified himself as affiliated with commercial company
Hang Tat of Macau. Hong Kong company Hang Tat was the subject of an
unfavorable PLC concerning other items and described in reftel C.
According to the Macau Companies Registry, neither Mitron nor Hang
Tat are registered as corporate entities in Macau. Note that sole
proprietorships do not need to register with the companies registry
in Macau. According to the Revenue Department, which registers sole
proprietorships for tax purposes, information concerning sole
proprietorships is not publicly available.

5. Mr. Sit stated that the contact address noted above is his
residential address. He further stated that from time to time, he
allows clients and friends to use his address as a contact or
delivery address. Those clients and friends usually notify him when
they use his address and contact details in this way. He stated
that he would confer with his business partners to inquire about
this item. Subsequently, he stated that he did not know Mitron nor
did he know anything about the order in question.

6. The ECO recommends that this PLC be considered Unfavorable.

Cunningham

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