Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 3: Pre-License End-Use Check
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SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK
ON APPLICATION 050131468
REF: A. 01 MADRID 461
B. IIR 4 235 2964 08 OF 04 AUGUST 2008
C. BLUE LANTERN GUIDEBOOK 2006
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 pre-license check on application 050131468 for the export
of C-130 aircraft parts to Spain. Post is requested to
complete this Blue Lantern check within 30 days. Lack of
response to a Blue Lantern check will affect pending and
future applications involving parties to this license.
3. Reason for request: concerns about foreign consignee GECI
Espanola S.A., which was the subject of an unfavorable Blue
Lantern in 2001 (ref A). Ref B raises additional relevant
concerns. Post should make appropriate inquiries to verify
the bona fides of GECI Espanoa S.A. and confirm the
legitimacy of the proposed transaction. The following
questions are provided as suggested guidance:
For the Spanish MOD:
--Are you familiar with GECI Espanoa S.A.?
--Did you order from GECI Espanoa S.A. the exact type and
quantity of items listed on this application?
--Is GECI Espanoa S.A. an official supplier/contractor for
the Spanish MOD? Does the Spanish MOD have any other
contracts with the company?
For GECI Espanoa S.A.:
--Does the company have proper supporting documentation,
including purchase orders from the Spanish MOD, for this
--What is the company's role in this transaction? Will it
provide any defense services such as repair or maintenance?
--Will the company handle or store the items listed on the
application? If so, does it have secure facilities and
proper accounting and security procedures for handling these
sensitive USML items? How many parts will it store and for
--When was the company established and who are its principals?
--What is the nature of its business -- what types of items
does it handle, does it serve as a broker?
--What types of organizations are among its typical customers
and where are the customers located? Does the company export
any items? If so, what items, and to what destinations?
--Does the company understand the restrictions on United
States Munitions List (USML) items, especially the
prohibition against unauthorized re-transfers and re-exports?
4. If possible given time and resource constraints,
Department requests that post ask Consular Agency Seville to
conduct a site visit to the company in order to provide
Department with an assessment of its business operations and
on-site security. If a site visit is not possible, please
inform PM/DTCC case officer. Finally, post is asked to
assess whether the company appears to be a reliable recipient
of USML items. End action.
5. For background, the following details of the license in
question are provided:
DTC Case: 050131468
156 Disk subassembly stationary part number 5002565, NSN
1630-01-003-8538. Minor spare components, airframe and
maintenance for C130 Hercules. No major components included,
no upgrades or enhancements. Identical spare parts and
replacements. Unclassified and commercially available.
License Value: USD 83,273.00
2201 N. Lakewood Blvd., Ste. D-701
Long Beach, CA 92648
Company contact: Kevin Pierce, tel. 562-366-0369
GECI Espanola S.A.
Parque Tecnologico Bahia de Cadiz
El Puerto de Santa Maria, 11500
Tel.: (34) 956 85 59 57
Fax: (34) 956 85 59 11
Company contact: Billy Noboa, Project Manager
Ministry of Defense of Spain
C/Romero Robledo, 8
Spare parts for minor maintenance & repair of aircraft listed
in block 10 (C-130) for Ministry of Defense Spain.
6. Submitted in support of the license application were the
following documents (PM/DTCC can fax documentation to post
--Letter of intent from GECI for Eviation stating that "GECI
Espanola, SA is a recognized supplier to the Spain Defense
forces and is interested in purchasing U.S. fabricated
material and parts for the purpose of maintaining components
for the Department of Defense -- Spain fleet of C130
Hercules. Over the course of the next four years, we
estimate the dollar value for these purchases to be
approximately $2,000,000.00 USD," dated September 4, 2008,
signed by Billy Noboa, Project Manager
--Purchase order no. 2849/08REV.2 from GECI to Eviation,
7. Please slug reply for PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR
and include the words "Blue Lantern" and the case number in
the subject line. POC is Judd Stitziel, PM/DTCC, Phone:
202-663-3455; email: StitzielJD@state.gov; SIPRNET:
StitzielJD@state.sgov.gov. The Blue Lantern Guidebook (ref
C) is available as a PDF file in the Bunche Library's
Electronic Library collection on the DOS Intranet:
BlueLanternGuidebook2006%2520 final .pdf
8. Department is grateful for post's assistance in this