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Cablegate: Extrancheck: Pre-License Check, Solenta Dhl

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DE RUEHAB #1404 3551022
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 211022Z DEC 06
FM AMEMBASSY ABIDJAN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2340
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEPINS/HQ BICE INTEL WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
INFO RUEHDK/AMEMBASSY DAKAR 0933
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 0816
RUEHSA/AMEMBASSY PRETORIA 1490

UNCLAS ABIDJAN 001404

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SIPDIS

ICE HQ FOR STRATEGIC INVESTIGATIONS
PARIS ICE ATTACHE
STATE FOR EB/ESP

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: BEXP ETRD ETTC IV
SUBJECT: EXTRANCHECK: PRE-LICENSE CHECK, SOLENTA DHL

1. Econ Chief visited Solenta DHL at Abidjan airport as
requested in reftel to inquire into application number
D366138 registered on 10/26/2006 (OEA/532 M.Hames/Doris
Johnson) for a attitude inertial sensor, model 7003360-946.

2. Econ Chief spoke to Business Development Manager Helen
Bergounioux (French citizen) and her South African citizen
chief mechanic (M. Botha) and visited one of the ATR 42/72
aircraft Solenta maintains.

3. Solenta DHL appears to be a very suitable purchaser of
said equipment. The company performs all the maintenance on
DHL's fleet of 4 ATR 42-72 aircraft operating in West Africa
(Note: DHL has the contract to transport US State Dept.
pouches. End Note). Solenta has a spare 7003360-946 in
stock, under lock and key, and is ordering it so it is on
hand should one of the aircraft in the fleet require a
replacement. Each of the four ATR 42-72s flies over 250
hours per month, causing substantial wear and tear and the
maintenance of a continuous stock of key replacement parts.
Solenta's HQ in Johannesburg purchases all of the replacement
parts and distributes them to its operations throughout
Africa.

4. Solenta's management was very open and cooperative with
Econ Chief and FCS LES.
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