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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 3: Post-Shipment End-Use Check

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UNCLAS STATE 135215

SIPDIS
BOGOTA FOR MEGAN L. SELMON

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC CO
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: POST-SHIPMENT END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSE 050116033

REF: 2006 BLUE LANTERN GUIDEBOOK

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 post-shipment check on application 050116033 for the export
of aiming circle sets to Colombia. Post is requested to
complete this Blue Lantern check within 45 days. Lack of
response to a Blue Lantern check will affect pending and
future licenses involving parties to this license.

3. Reason for request: Sensitive commodity and unfamiliar
foreign consignee, Comercializadora Internacional Texman
Ltda. The company has not appeared on previous licenses nor
have the bona fides of the company been verified by a Blue
Lantern check.

4. ACTION BOGOTA: Embassy is requested to make inquiries with
appropriate host government officials to determine if the
Colombian MoD ordered and has received the aiming circle sets
and if so, confirm that the articles will be used for the
purpose stated on the license. Automated Export Data (AES)
indicates that items worth $125,048 were shipped from the
U.S. on 9 September 2008. Department also requests that
Embassy make appropriate inquiries to verify the bona fides
of foreign consignee Comercializadora Internacional Texman
Ltda., and to confirm the legitimacy of this transaction.
PM/DTCC also requests that post conducts a site visit to the
company in order to provide Department with an assessment of
its business operations and on-site security. Finally, post
is asked to assess whether the company appears to be a
reliable recipient of USML items. If a site visit is not
possible, please inform the PM/DTCC officer.

The following questions are provided as suggested guidance:

--Does the company have supporting documentation for this
proposed transaction?

--Does the company have secure facilities and proper
accounting and security procedures for handling sensitive
USML items?

--Will Comercializadora Internacional Texman Ltda. retain
positive control over the aiming circle sets at all times?

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

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

--What type 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?

END ACTION

5. Details of license application:

DTC Case: 050116033

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

11 Aiming Circle Set (Surveying Set) P/N M2A2

License Value: USD 125,048.00

SELLER:

DM Aircraft Service, Inc.
8000 NW 31 Street suite 18
Miami, FL 33122
POC is Salvador Sanchis, Tel. 305-593-5799

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

Comercializadora Internacional Texman Ltda.
Carrera 28. No 48-20
Bogota
Colombia
POC is Director, Anthony Musumeci, Tel. 32322860/323 39 01

FOREIGN END-USER:

Colombia Ministry of Defense
Ejercito Nacional Ebarcaduria Militar Deposito Habilitado
Bogota
Colombia
POC is Chief of Logistics Colombian Army, BG Jairo Alfonso
Aponte Prieto, No Tel. provided

PURPOSE:

Aiming instrument will be used to measure azimuth and
elevation angles of ground or aerial targets to be used by
the Colombian Army for counternarcotics operations, border
patrol and anti-terrorist operations.

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

--DSP-83 Nontransfer and Use Certificate submitted by the
Colombian Army, signed by Chief of Logistics Colombian Army,
BG Jairo Alfonso Aponte Prieto on 4 June 2008; Second in
Command of the Colombian Army, MG Carlos Lemus Padraza on 4
June 2008; and Director of Comercializadora Internacional
Texman Ltda., Anthony Musumeci on 7 February 2008

--Purchase Order (no designation) submitted by
Comercializadora Internacional Texman Ltda. on 15 May 2008,
illegible signature

7. Please slug reply for PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR
and include the words "Blue Lantern" and the case number in
the subject line. PM/DTCC can fax documentation to post upon
request. POC is Tim Mazzarelli, Phone: 202-663-3867; Email:
MazzarelliTP@state.gov; SIPRNET: MazzarelliTP@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://buncheelectroniclibrary.state.gov/eboo ks/
BlueLanternGuidebook2006%20 final .pdf

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

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