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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 3: Post-Shipment End-Use Check

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 STATE 130736

SIPDIS
OTTAWA FOR LORI BALBI

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC CA
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: POST-SHIPMENT END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSE 050120452

REF: 2006 BLUE LANTERN GUIDEBOOK

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 post-license/pre-shipment check on license 050120452 for
the export of carbines to Canada. Post is requested to
complete this Blue Lantern check within 45 days. Lack of
response to a Blue Lantern check will affect pending and
future licenses involving parties to this license.

3. Reason for Request: The license is for fifty AR-15
carbines, which is considered a significant quantity of a
powerful firearm. The purchase order from the end-user is for
250 AR-15s. The bona fides of end-user, Les Agences Michel
Gravel Inc., have not been established by a Blue Lantern
check in the past.

4. Action Request: Post is requested to establish the bona
fides of end-user Les Agences Michel Gravel Inc. as a
legitimate recipient of the United States Munitions List
(USML) items listed below. Post should determine how many
carbines were received under this authorization. Post should
also question end-user on their familiarity with the
International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), particularly
regarding re-export or re-transfer. The following points are
included for guidance:

(To Les Agences Michel Gravel Inc.)

-- How long has your company been in the business of
importing and selling defense articles in Canada?

-- What services and products are sold by your company?

-- Who are your regular customers and where do they reside?

-- How many carbines did your company receive under this
export authorization?

-- What are you annual sales of this type of firearm?

-- Are you familiar with the regulations governing the import
of U.S.-origin defense articles, including restrictions on
re-transfer or re-export?

In its reply, Post may also comment on any other information
pertinent to these transactions such as security of
facilities and concerns about the customers of Les Agences.

5. Details of license application:

DTC Case: 050120452

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

50 Bushmaster AR-15 Carbines (Model XM15E2S)

License Value: USD $36,500

SELLER:

Bushmaster Firearms International
999 Roosevelt Trail
Windham, ME 04062

FOREIGN END-USER:

Les Agences Michel Gravel Inc.
1530 Provinciale
Quebec G1N4A2
Canada
Tel: (418) 682-3000

PURPOSE:

For commercial resale in Canada

6. Submitted in support of the license application were the

STATE 00130736 002 OF 002


following documents (PM/DTCC will fax documentation to
Posts upon request):

DSP-83 signed by Adriana Maciocia dated 08/20/2008 and
Shannon Shuman dated 08/25/2008

Import Certificate US0813211 (Ref ID 561335-07) dated
08/15/2008

Purchase Order No. 3778 from Les Agences Michel Gravel Inc.
dated 08/13/2008 signed by Adriana Maciocia

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 Kyle M. Ballard, Phone:
202-663-1929; Email: BallardKM@state.gov; SIPRNET:
BallardKM@state.sgov.gov. The Blue Lantern Guidebook (ref) is
available as a PDF file in the Bunche Library's E-Book
Collection on the DOS Intranet:
http://virtuallibrary.state.gov/
BlueLanternGuidebook2006%2520 final .pdf

8. Department is grateful for Post's assistance in this
matter.
RICE

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