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Cablegate: Extrancheck: Post Shipment Verification: Fintex Pte Ltd

VZCZCXYZ0001
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHHK #2225 2390328
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 270328Z AUG 07
FM AMCONSUL HONG KONG
TO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2722
RHMFIUU/HQ BICE WASHINGTON DC
RUEHGP/AMEMBASSY SINGAPORE 3638

UNCLAS HONG KONG 002225

SIPDIS

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: FINTEX PTE LTD

REF: A) USDOC 05089 B) USDOC 05088

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 Fintex
Industries Pte Ltd., No. 24 Changi South St. 1, Singapore (Fintex).
Three items were the subject of the checks. The first two items
(the subject of the first PSV) were two Rieve bench ovens exported
on or about March 24, 2007 and valued at USD 19,036. The third item
(the subject of the second PSV) was a Solair 3100-C portable
particle counter exported on or about April 12, 2007 and valued at
USD 10,283. The items were not classified for export control
purposes when they were exported although the exporters indicated
that these items could be exported NLR (no license required). The
exporter for the first two items was the Rieve Corporation of Round
Lake, Illinois while the exporter for the third item was Lighthouse
Worldwide Solutions of Medford Oregon.
3. According to the Singapore Companies Registry, Fintex has been
in existence since 1991. Its paid-up share capital is the Singapore
equivalent of approximately USD 160,000. Singapore nationals Wong
Bin Fatt (49 percent shareholder), Ms. Wong Hua Li (49% shareholder)
and Quek King Seng and Wong Guek Ling are listed as directors. More
information is located at the company's web site
(www.Fintex.com.sg).

4. On June 21, 2007, the ECO met with Mr. Alex Wong B.H., Managing
Director of Fintex and Ms. Ivy Goh, Q.A. Engineer. According to Mr.
Wong, in 1995, Fintex became involved in the cleaning and recycling
of components used in the semiconductor production process
(including Disk carriers, Sputtering systems-shields, platters,
shutters, chambers, planetaries etc.). The particle counter is used
in this aspect of the company's business to ensure that the
components are free of dust particles and other trace
particles/metals after they have been cleaned. The ovens are
likewise used in the cleaning and refurbishment of sputtering
systems shields.

5. The ECO inspected the particle counters and the ovens and toured
the Fintex premises. The facility appeared consistent with the use
of the items.

6. At the time visited, Fintex appeared to be a suitable recipient
of the commodities shipped since Fintex cooperated with these PSVs,
provided the ECO with access to the items and operates a line of
business consistent with the use of the items. The ECO recommends
that these PSVs be classified as Favorable.

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