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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 3: Pre-License End-Use Check

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SAN JOSE FOR ROBERT ANDREW

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CS ETTC KOMC
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSE 05-050090336

1. This is an Action Request. See paragraphs 2 - 4.

2. The Department's Office of Defense Trade Controls
Compliance (PM/DTCC) requests Post's assistance in conducting
a pre-license check on license 05-050090336 for the export of
pistols and revolvers to Costa Rica. Post is requested to
complete this Blue Lantern check within 30 days. Lack of
response to a Blue Lantern check will affect pending and
future licenses involving parties to this license.

3. Reason for Request: To establish the bona fides of
end-user, Mundi Arms de San Jose SA.

4. Action Request: Post is requested to establish the bona
fides of end-user, Mundi Arms de San Jose SA, as a legitimate
recipient of the United States Munitions List (USML) items
listed below. Post should also question end-user on their
familiarity with the International Traffic in Arms Regulation
(ITAR). The following points have been included for guidance:

(To Mundi Arms de San Jose SA) -- How long has your company
been in the business of importing and selling defense
articles in Costa Rica? What services and products are sold
by your company? Who are your regular customers and where do
they reside? Are you familiar with the regulations governing
the import of U.S.-origin defense articles, including
restrictions on re-transfer or re-export?

In its reply, Post may also comment on any other information
pertinent to these transactions such as security of
facilities, end-use, and concerns about the entities involved.
.
5. Details of license application:

DTC Case: 05-050090336

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

10 Smith & Wesson 9mm Pistols, Model 99

10 Walther 9mm Pistols, Model P-38

5 Walther .9x19mm Caliber Pistols, Model P-5

20 Astra .38 Special Revolvers, Model NC-6

License Value: USD $10,790

SELLER:

Century Arms, Inc.
236 Bryce Blvd.
Fairfax, VT
05454
Tel: 802.527.1258

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

Same as End-User

FOREIGN END-USER:

Mundi Arms de San Jose SA
PO Box 4770-1000 Ced. Jur. #3 101-147776
San Jose, Costa Rica

or

Apdo 1848-1000
San Jose, Costa Rica
Tel/Fax: 221-1189

PURPOSE:

For commercial resale in Costa Rica

6. Submitted in support of the license application were the
following documents (PM/DTCC will fax documentation to Posts
upon request):

DSP-83 signed by Rafael Polini dated 01/28/2008 and George
Samson dated 02/22/2008

Import Permit issued by Ministerio de Seguridad Publica
signed by William Hidalgo Echavarria on 01/30/2008

Purchase Order from Mundi Arms de San Jose SA dated
01/28/2008 and signed by Rafael Polini

7. Please slug reply for PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR
and include the words "Blue Lantern" and the case number in
the subject line. POC is Kyle M. Ballard, Phone:
202-663-1929; Email: BallardKM@state.gov; SIPRNET:
BallardKM@state.sgov.gov. The Blue Lantern Guidebook (ref) is
available as a PDF file in the Bunche Library's E-Book
Collection on the DOS Intranet:
http://virtuallibrary.state.gov/
BlueLanternGuidebook2006%2520 final .pdf

8. Department is grateful for Post's assistance in this
matter.
RICE

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