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Cablegate: Extrancheck: Post Shipment Verification:

VZCZCXYZ0004
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHHK #4299 3060720
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 020720Z NOV 06
FM AMCONSUL HONG KONG
TO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 9297
RHMFIUU/HQ BICE WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS HONG KONG 004299

SIPDIS

BEIJING FOR FCS JEANETTE CHU

USDOC FOR 532/OEA/LHINES/DFARROW
USDOC FOR 3132/FCS/OIO REGIONAL DIRECTOR WILLIAM ZARIT
BICE FOR OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INVESTIGATIONS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: BMGT BEXP HK ETTC
SUBJECT: EXTRANCHECK: POST SHIPMENT VERIFICATION:
BOWORLD INDUSTRIES LTD.

REF: A) USDOC 05671

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 Bureau of
Industry and Security (BIS), Export Control Officer
(ECO) Philip Ankel conducted a post shipment
verification (PSV) at Boworld Industries Ltd., Room
903, 113 Argyle St. Kowloon, Hong Kong (Boworld) on
October 25, 2006. This PSV concerned high voltage reed
switches exported by Hermetic Switch, Inc. of
Chickasha, Oklahoma (Hermetic) classified by Hermetic
under ECCN 3A228 and valued at $4,564. ECCN 3A228 is
controlled for nuclear nonproliferation (NP) reasons.

3. A review of the Hong Kong Companies Registry
revealed that Boworld has been in existence since
1992. Boworld's Directors are Wen Hui Yu and Tang Mei
Chen (a Taiwanese passport holder). Other companies
with similar names (including Boworld Limited, Boworld
International Limited) were dissolved in 1992.

4. A web based search revealed that the phone number
and address listed for Boworld in Reftel A correspond
to other Hong Kong registered companies including
Union Grand Enterprises Limited, Friendly Development
Ltd. and Hogus Ind'l Ltd. Contact with Boworld's Hong
Kong number produced a meeting with a Ms. Lee at the
premises of Boworld. The premises themselves were a
small office occupied by several clerical staff.

5. According to Ms. Lee, Boworld acts as freight
forwarder for companies in mainland China. It accepts
shipments on behalf of mainland Chinese companies,
completes customs formalities and then arranges for
those items to be forwarded to customers in mainland
China.

6. Ms. Lee did not have the underlying transaction
documents for the shipments noted in Reftel A since
those documents had been forwarded onward with the
shipment to mainland China. Ms. Lee did, however,
provide a Winwide Cargo Express Co., Ltd. packing slip
showing that the package containing the items
referenced in reftel A had been sent to China. The
destination in China was Ge-Ding Information Inc.'s
(Ge-Ding) China production facility in DungGuan. Ge-
Ding is a Taiwanese switch and sensor manufacturer
(www.reedsensor.com.tw) and is listed as the purchaser
in the Hermetic invoice for this transaction.
Coincidentally, Boworld had recently forwarded a very
similar shipment of switches on behalf of Hermetic for
which Ms. Lee had the applicable documentation. The
date of exportation noted on the application shippers
export declaration (SED) was 10/18/06 and the
transportation reference number was
1Z7304696600196655. While Ms. Lee was helpful and
forthcoming in providing copies of the underlying
documents, it is apparent to the ECO that Boworld is
unfamiliar with the export control requirements
related to these shipments.

7. The ECO notes that ECCN 3A228 would appear to
require an export license to both Hong Kong and China,
and therefore the shipment of the items NLR (No
License Required) by Hermetic would appear to have
been inappropriate.

8. At the time visited, the consignee Boworld appeared
to be an unsuitable recipient of controlled
commodities since it has no Hong Kong production
facility and acts merely as freight forwarder for
shipments through Hong Kong. The ECO recommends that
this PSV be classified as Unfavorable.

Cunningham

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