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SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3 CHECK ON LICENSES 050170678 AND
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1. (SBU) Summary. On Wednesday, September 16, 2009, Durban
Political and Economic Officer met with and interviewed
Warehouse Manager Nathi Khomongoe, Sales Executive Andre van der
Merwe, and Warehouse Dispatch Ian Davies at the African Outdoor
Sports (AOS) warehouse in Pinetown, KwaZulu Natal. AOS staff
were responsive to all questions sent by the Office of Defense
Trade Controls Compliance. Pol/Econ Officer concludes that AOS
is a bona fide end-user. End Summary.
2. (SBU) Please find below AOS's responses to questions from
When was your company established and who are its principals?
African Hunting Supplies was established in 1996 and trades
under the name African Outdoor Sports. Its principals are John
Fuller (Australian citizen) and Reno van Heerden (South African
citizen). Fuller visits the warehouse four to six times a year.
van Heerden visits often but works mostly from the company's
What products and services does your company provide?
AOS sells crossbows, carbon dioxide pistols, rifles, pepper
spray, stun guns, paint guns, binoculars, hunting lamps, knives,
blow pipes, pump action rifles, live ammunition, and hunting
clothes. AOS does not provide any services.
How long have you been in the business of importing and selling
AOS has been in the business of importing and selling defense
articles since its establishment in 1996. From the U.S., AOS
imports Sierra bullets, Mossberg rifles, and Hauwer rifles; from
Finland, Sako-Tikka rifles; from Yugoslavia, Zastava rifles;
from Taiwan, slingshots, crossbows, arrows, and blow pipes; from
China, hunting clothes, gun safes, and Nikko-Stirling scopes;
and from Turkey, Hatsan air rifles and shot guns. AOS used to
import Nikko-Stirling scopes from Korea.
Who are your regular customers and where do they reside?
AOS sells only to gun dealers and sporting goods stores.
Forty-four percent of AOS's customers reside in the Gauteng
province; 12 percent in the Northwest province; 11 percent in
the Western Cape province; nine percent in the Northern Cape
province; seven percent in the Free State province; seven
percent in the Mpumalanga province; five percent in the KwaZulu
Natal province; five percent in the Eastern Cape province; and
three percent in the Eastern Cape province. ASO sells hunting
accessories to customers in Namibia and Botswana, which
constitute five and two percent of their customer base,
respectively. ASO does not sell any fire arms or ammunition to
customers in other countries.
What specific ammunition components will you import on these
ASO will import reloading bullets, ammunition, complete
cartridges, and primers.
What calibers will the finished ammunition be?
The calibers will be: 22 room fire, 22 hornet, 222, 223, 243,
270, 30M1 carbon, 308, 3006, 7 millimeter Rem Mag, 300
Winchester Magnum, and 303.
For what is ammunition of this caliber generally used in South
In South Africa, ammunition of this caliber is generally used
for hunting, target practice, and recreational activities.
Why did you issue two separate purchase orders on these
transactions as opposed to placing one order with the U.S.
AOS does not have the warehouse space to stock two containers at
once. Receiving one container at a time will allow AOS time to
sell the items from the first container and keep the items from
the second for shelf stock.
What are your annual sales of firearms and ammunition?
From July 2008 to June 2009, AOS sold R6.2 million ($833,000)
worth of firearms. During the same time period, AOS sold R5
million ($672,000) worth of live ammunition and R4.3 million
($578,000) worth of bullets.
Are you familiar with the regulations governing the import of
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U.S.-origin defense articles, including restrictions on
re-transfer or re-export?
Yes. AOS is familiar with the regulations governing the import
of U.S.-origin defense articles, including restrictions on
re-transfer or re-export. AOS does not re-transfer or re-export
any defense articles.
4. (SBU) Pol/Econ Officer found the AOS warehouse to be fully
operational, well organized and staffed by knowledgeable and
competent employees. All guns and ammunition are stored in
secure, large vaults. Access to the warehouse is restricted to
five government screened, trained and certified employees.
Based on his site visit, Pol/Econ Officer concludes that African
Outdoor Sports is a bona fide end-user.