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Cablegate: Extrancheck: Pre-License Check: Sgs Hong Kong Ltd

VZCZCXYZ0001
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHHK #0929 1420831
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 210831Z MAY 08
FM AMCONSUL HONG KONG
TO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4932
RHMFIUU/HQ BICE WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS HONG KONG 000929

USDOC FOR 532/OEA/LHINES/ADYSON
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: SGS HONG KONG LTD

REF: A) USDOC 03058 B) D395766

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) conducted
a pre-license check (PLC) at SGS Hong Kong Ltd., Metropole Square, 2
On Yiu Str., Siu Lek Yuen, Shatin, Hong Kong (SGS). The item in
question is an Agilent 7500CS ICP-MS Mainframe and is the subject of
BIS license application D395766. The item is classified under Export
Control Classification Number (ECCN) 3A233 and is controlled for
nuclear non-proliferation reasons (NP). The license applicant is
Agilent Technologies, Inc. of Washington D.C.

3. A review of Hong Kong Companies Registry reveals that SGS was
registered (as P. Younghusband Limited) in 1959 and has a registered
capital of the Hong Kong equivalent of USD 12,000. Its directors are
Hong Kong residents Cheng, Oi Ming and Fabrice Jean Pierre Egloff.

4. According to its web site (www.sgs.com), SGS offers high-level
expertise in testing, verification, technical consultancy and
inspection of products from various industries. It has over 1000
staff. It is one of seveal well-known testing houses in Hong
Kong.

5. On May 21, 2008, ECO and Commercial Assistant Carie Chan
visited SGS at the address referenced above and met with Mr. Lam
Wai, Deputy Department Mnager, Chemical Testing Laboratory and Mr.
Patrik Tsui, Technical Manager, Chemical Testing Laboraory. They
provided ECO with a short overview ofthe company's activities
(consistent with its web site) and a tour of the facility.
According to Mr. Lam, the company provides a wide range of testing
services for various consumer and other products. The item in
question will be used for heavy metals (lead) testing in various
materials including toys, clothes and electronics.
6. At the time visited, SGS appeared to be a suitable recipient of
the item in question since SGS cooperated with the PLC, provided ECO
with access to the area where the item will be used and operates a
line of business consistent with the use of the item.

Cunningham

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