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

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TAIPEI FOR MI-YONG KIM
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SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK
ON APPLICATION 050095421

REF: BLUE LANTERN GUIDEBOOK 2006

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 application 050095421 for the export
of armored vehicle parts to Taiwan. AIT/T is requested to
complete this Blue Lantern check within 30 days. Lack of
response to a Blue Lantern check will affect pending and
future applications involving parties to this license.

3. Reason for request: unfamiliar foreign consignee. Foreign
consignee Switch Mean's Rentals Co., Ltd. has not appeared on
any previous license applications, nor has its bona fides
been confirmed by a Blue Lantern check. PM/DTCC has been
unable to verify the existence of the company. AIT/T should
make appropriate inquiries to verify the bona fides of Switch
Mean's Rentals and confirm the legitimacy of the proposed
transaction. The following questions are provided as
suggested guidance:

For the Taiwan MOD:

--Are you familiar with Switch Mean's Rentals?

--Did you order from Switch Mean's Rentals the exact type and
quantity of items listed on this application?

--Who will be actually integrating the parts into M48A5 AVLB
armored vehicles?

--Is Switch Mean's Rentals an official supplier/contractor
for the Taiwan MOD? Does the Taiwan MOD have any other
contracts with the company?

For Switch Mean's Rentals:

--Does the company have proper supporting documentation,
including purchase orders from the Taiwan MOD, for this
proposed transaction?

--Who will be actually integrating the parts into M48A5 AVLB
armored vehicles?

--Will the company be handling or storing the items listed on
the application? If so, does it have secure facilities and
proper accounting and security procedures for handling these
sensitive USML items?

--When was the company established and who are its principals?

--What is the nature of its business -- what types of items
does it handle, does it serve as a broker?

--What types of organizations are among its typical customers
and where are the customers located?

--Does the company understand the restrictions on United
States Munitions List (USML) items, especially the
prohibition against unauthorized re-transfers and re-exports?

4. Department requests that AIT/T conduct a site visit to the
company in order to provide Department with an assessment of
its business operations and on-site security. If a site
visit is not possible, please inform PM/DTCC case officer.
Finally, AIT/T is asked to assess whether the company appears
to be a reliable recipient of USML items. End action.

5. For background, the following details of the license in
question are provided:

DTC Case: 050095421

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

22 Seat cushions NSN 2540-00-631-6946
1 Pump, axial pistons NSN 4320-00-773-9342
2 Valves NSN 4820-00-928-8868
2 Valve check NSN 4820-00-872-7730
2 Propeller NSN 2520-00-872-7695
1 Shaft power takeoff NSN 4730-01-110-4056
1 Bearing ball NSN 3110-00-156-4854
2 Drive unit NSN 6680-00-040-0116
2 Shaft assy NSN 6680-00-089-2005
1 Strainer element NSN 4730-01-104-9055
1 Link assy NSN 2530-00-602-5738
1 Valve check NSN 4820-00-872-7731

License Value: USD 20,713.00

SELLER:

Tecmotiv USA Inc.
1500 James Ave.
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Company contact: Jennifer Mack, tel. 716-282-1211 ext. 30

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

Switch Mean's Rentals Co., Ltd.
No. 29-21, Po-Du, Hou-Tsuoh, Ta-Yuan Hsiang
Tao-Yuan Hsien
Taiwan
Tel.: 886-3-3935513
Fax: 886-3-3935516
E-mail: smrtw.r34@msa.hinet.net

FOREIGN INTERMEDIATE CONSIGNEE:

Tecmotiv Corporation
191 Caldari Rd.
Concord, Ontario
Canada

FOREIGN END-USER:

Combined Logistic Command
PO Box 90498 Nang-Kung
Taipei
Taiwan

PURPOSE:

Parts are for end use in M48A5 AVLB

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

--Purchase order no. SMR-08001 from Switch Mean's Rentals
Co., Ltd., signed by Jack Pan, General Manager, dated 18 Feb
2008

--End Use Statement from Switch Mean's Rentals Co., Ltd.,
signed by Lt. Col. Ellen A. Avery (sp?)

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 Judd Stitziel, PM/DTCC, Phone:
202-663-3455; email: StitzielJD@state.gov; SIPRNET:
StitzielJD@state.sgov.gov. The Blue Lantern Guidebook (ref)
is available as a PDF file in the Bunche Library's Electronic
Library collection on the DOS Intranet:
http://virtuallibrary.state.gov/
BlueLanternGuidebook2006%2520 final .pdf

8. Department is grateful for AIT/T's assistance in this
matter.
RICE

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