Cablegate: Extrancheck: Pre-License Check: Concord Carnival Holdings
DE RUEHHK #1982/01 2110703
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 300703Z JUL 07
FM AMCONSUL HONG KONG
TO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2438
RHMFIUU/HQ BICE WASHINGTON DC
UNCLAS HONG KONG 001982
USDOC FOR 532/OEA/LHINES/DFARROW
USDOC FOR 3132 FOR FCS/OIO REGIONAL DIRECTOR WILLIAM ZARIT
BICE FOR OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INVESTIGATIONS
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: BMGT BEXP HK ETRD ETTC
SUBJECT: EXTRANCHECK: PRE-LICENSE CHECK: CONCORD CARNIVAL HOLDINGS
REF: A) USDOC 06490
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) of Concord Carnival Holdings Limited with
a registered address of 807 Fortress Tower, 250 King's Road, North
Point Hong Kong (Concord Carnival). The items in question are 158
SRAM memory arrays (Arrays), valued at USD 29,704. The export
control classification number (ECCN) for these items is 3A001 and,
according to reftel A, are controlled for national security (NS) and
nuclear nonproliferation (NP) reasons. The license applicant is
Austin Semiconductor Inc., of Austin, Texas. The Hong Kong
purchaser of the items is AddCom Solution Limited (AddCom) while
Concord Carnival is listed on the license application as the
ultimate consignee. According to documentation provided to the ECO
by AddCom, the end-user of the items is the Shanghai Xinwei
Electronic Equipment Research Institute, a division of SAST, in
3. According to the Hong Kong Companies Registry, Concord Carnival
has been in existence since June 1997 and has only nominal paid-in
capital. Directors of Concord Carnival are listed as mainland
Chinese national Peng, Xingxing as well as Australian nationals
Dong, Fang Ming and Dong, Fang Ying.
4. The ECO attempted to arrange a meeting with Jane Qian, the
General Manager of Concord Carnival by calling the company's Hong
Kong phone number. That number is actually the phone number of an
accounting firm that acts as Concord Carnival's registered office.
The accounting firm (discussed below) provided a contact number for
Ms. Qian that turned out to be a mainland China mobile phone number.
When contacted, Ms. Qian stated that she typically works from
Shanghai and would likely not be in Hong Kong for some time and
would therefore not be able to meet the ECO. Ms. Qian subsequently
provided further background information about Concord Carnival by
e-mail. In addition, she encouraged the ECO to meet with AddCom,
stating that this company likewise knew all there was to know about
the transaction. Ms. Qian stated that Concord Carnival does not
have a physical presence in Hong Kong (aside from its registered
address noted above). It does not appear to have a web presence
5. According to the one page corporate description provided by Ms.
Qian, Concord Carnival has been in business for over ten years. Its
main business is in mainland China. Concord Carnival owns, as a
partner, a 49% interest in Shanghai Tian Na Logistics Equipment Co.
Ltd. The primary focus of this joint venture is to produce shopping
carts. According to Ms. Qian, the joint venture has over 300
employees and turnover in 2006 was RMB 12 million. Additionally
Concord Carnival's 100% owned mainland Chinese subsidiary Shanghai
Ao Meng Co. Ltd. has seven employees and 2006 turnover was RMB 10
million. The company also acts as agent in import and export
transactions mainly in the food, textile and electronics areas.
According to Concord Carnival's corporate description, the company
was authorized by SAST to obtain the Arrays on SAST's behalf.
Concord Carnival has a three-year business relationship with SAST
and has provided Souriau brand sockets and 3d-plus, Samsung and
Atmel products to SAST in the past.
6. The ECO, accompanied by Commercial Officer, Brock Wilson,
visited AddCom, Unit B7, 7/F, Shatin Industrial Building, 22-28 Wo
Shui Street, New Territories, Hong Kong on July 25, 2007. AddCom
Customer Service Representative, Ailey So represented AddCom at the
meeting. AddCom's premises consist of a one-room office with two
desks and some additional space for product shipments received by
AddCom in Hong Kong. Ms. So was open and forthcoming about the
transaction and the activities of AddCom. She stated that AddCom is
an electronics trading and distribution company established in
Singapore seven years ago with offices in Malaysia, Thailand, the
Philippines, mainland China and Hong Kong. The Hong Kong office
serves the Hong Kong and mainland China market and has been in
existence for two years. Mainland Chinese customers involved in the
consumer electronics field typically use AddCom's products. Ms. So
stated that AddCom does not actually export any items itself but
rather delivers items to the Hong Kong offices of companies that
operate in the mainland or Addcom's customers come to it to pick up
the items. Ms. So stated that AddCom operates in this way to avoid
the difficulties associated with getting products through mainland
Chinese customs. She stressed that AddCom's proucts are typically
not very high tech and that, as a result, AddCom does not obtain
licenses from Hong Kong TID (the Hong Kong export control agency).
In the case of the items in question, Ms. So stated that AddCom is
checking with TID to determine whether a license will be required to
import them into Hong Kong.
7. The ECO provided Ms. So with detailed information concerning
U.S. export control requirements related to items subject to U.S.
jurisdiction (in particular, items AddCom receives from its U.S.
suppliers). Ms. So stated that she was pleased to receive the
materials, stressed that AddCom is keen to comply with export
control rules, and indicated that she would provide the information
to management at her corporate headquarters in Singapore.
8. When the conversation turned to the transaction at hand, Ms. So
stated that this was the first time that AddCom had dealt with
Concord Carnival. She stated that Concord Carnival had come to
AddCom for the items because AddCom is Austin's authorized
distributor in Hong Kong and mainland China. So knows little about
Concord Carnival. She further stated that she anticipates that the
transaction will involve shipment from the United States to AddCom
in Hong Kong. AddCom, in turn, will deliver the items to Concord
Carnival in Hong Kong. She expects that Concord Carnival will
arrange for delivery to mainland China (though she stressed she has
no specific information on this point).
9. According to the Hong Kong Companies Registry, AddCom has been
in existence since August 2004. It has the Hong Kong equivalent of
USD 5,000 in registered capital. Its Directors are listed as
Singapore nationals Tan, Lee Kim Alison and Tan, Yew Mui Calvin.
10. On July 26, 2007, the ECO visited the registered offices of
Concord Carnival at the address listed above and met with Elsie K.
K. Cho of George Tso & Co., Certified Public Accountants. Ms. Cho
stated that her company registered Concord Carnival in Hong Kong and
maintains the registered corporate address of the company. She
stated that she knows little of the activities of Concord Carnival
and further that she believes Concord Carnival has no physical
presence in Hong Kong.
11. All parties to the transaction cooperated with the PLC and
provided the requested information (although Concord Carnival's
representative could not meet within the 15-day time period allotted
for the PLC). Additionally, the ECO notes that it is not uncommon
for transactions involving mainland companies to be structured so as
to involve one or more trading company intermediaries. At the same
time, the lack of a Hong Kong physical presence for Concord Carnival
is a concern as is its apparent modest business activities. The ECO
recommends that this PLC be considered Unfavorable.