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Cablegate: Extrancheck: Post Shipment Verification:

VZCZCXYZ0008
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHHK #1006 1550836
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 030836Z JUN 08
FM AMCONSUL HONG KONG
TO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5012
RHMFIUU/HQ BICE WASHINGTON DC
RUEHGP/AMEMBASSY SINGAPORE 3870

UNCLAS HONG KONG 001006

USDOC FOR 532/OEA/MNICKSON-DORSEY /LLAUCIUS
USDOC FOR 3132 FOR FCS/OIO REGIONAL DIRECTOR WILLIAM ZARIT
BICE FOR OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INVESTIGATIONS
SINGAPORE FOR FCS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: BMGT BEXP ETRD ETTC HK
SUBJECT: EXTRANCHECK: POST SHIPMENT VERIFICATION:
QIOPTIQ SINGAPORE PTE LTD

REF: A) USDOC 01388 B) D375449 C) USDOC 01392 D) D383909

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), Regional Export Control Officer Philip Ankel (ECO)
conducted two post shipment-verifications (PSVs) at Qioptiq
Singapore Pte. Ltd., 14 Fifth Lok Yang Road, Jurong Town, Singapore
(Qioptiq). The items in question are two Moore Nanotechnology
Nanotech 2-Axis turning lathes exported to Qioptiq on or about July
20, 2007 and November 8, 2007. The items are classified under
Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) 2B001 and are controlled
for national security (NS) and nuclear nonproliferation (NP)
reasons. The exporter was Sachman Associates of Sudbury,
Massachusetts.

3. According to the Singapore companies registry, Qioptiq was
registered in 2005 and its registered share capital is the Singapore
dollar equivalent of approximately USD 2.25 million. Its directors
are Singapore citizens, Lee, Seng Gey and Chua Teow Tzing as well as
French citizen Benoit Bazire.

4. A review of the company's web site (www.quioptiq.com.sg) reveals
that the company specializes in providing design and manufacturing
of precision optical components and assemblies for night vision,
defense, medical and commercial applications. It has been in
operation (under different names) since 1974. More information
about the range of the company's activities can be found on its web
site.

5. On April 21, 2008, the ECO, accompanied by a representative of
Singapore Customs, visited the company and met with Mr. Wong, Chung
Cheong, Export Control Officer, Mr. Jenny Choo, Supply Chain Manager
and Mr. Jim McShane, Export Compliance Manager. Mr. McShare is
known to the ECO and is a former senior manager in the State
Department's Office of Defense Trade Controls. Mr. McShane provided
additional information about the company. He stated that he had
been brought into the company in 2005 to enhance its overall export
compliance program and bring it into compliance with international
standards.

6. As to the particular items in question, Mr. McShane stated that
they were being used in the production of defense related as well
civil products (but no WMD related products). He stated that the
company is expanding its business and has two additional machines on
order and is expecting those in June 2008. The customers for its
products include military buyers in the United States, Pakistan,
Israel, NATO and the UAE.

7. ECO verified that Qioptiq was informed of the applicable license
conditions (as required by the relevant licenses) and that it keeps
a production log as required by those licenses. ECO verified the
two machines are at the company's premises (Serial # 2007-66-CPL and
2007-70-CPL).

8. At the time visited, Qioptiq appeared to be a suitable recipient
of the commodities shipped since Qioptiq cooperated with the PSV,
provided ECO with access to the items and related documents and
operates a line of business consistent with the use of the items.
Also, Qioptiq is familiar with the applicable license conditions and
expressed its commitment to comply with them.

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