Cablegate: Extrancheck: Pre-License Check: Tal Apparel Limited
DE RUEHHK #1981 2960833
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 230833Z OCT 09
FM AMCONSUL HONG KONG
TO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8814
RHMFIUU/HQ BICE WASHINGTON DC
UNCLAS HONG KONG 001981
USDOC FOR 532/OEA/PLUDD/JSONDERM
USDOC FOR 3132 FOR FCS/OIO REGIONAL DIRECTOR PATRICK SANTILLO
BICE FOR OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INVESTIGATIONS
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: BMGT BEXP HK ETRD ETTC
SUBJECT: EXTRANCHECK: PRE-LICENSE CHECK: TAL APPAREL LIMITED
REF: A) BIS e-mail PLC request dated October 14, 2009 B) D425104
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 at Tal Apparel Limited, Tal Building, 4th Floor,
49 Austin Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong (Tal). The purpose of the visit
was to determine the suitability of Tal to be the ultimate consignee
and end user of a Flir systems thermovision mounted thermal camera
that is the subject of license application D425104. The item (ECCN
6A003) is controlled for national security (NS) reasons. The license
applicant is Trek Equipment of Sausalito, California.
3. A search of the Hong Kong Companies Registry reveals that Tal
has been in existence since 1983. Its registered capital is the Hong
Kong equivalent of USD 80 million.
4. A review of the company's web site (www.talgroup.com) reveals
that the Tal Group is a world leader in the production of clothing.
The Tal Group manufactures (at locations throughout Asia) 1 out of
every 6 dress shirts sold in the U.S. Its headquarters are in Hong
5. On October 23, 2009, ECO and FCS Commercial Assistant Carrie
Chan visited the company and met with Eugene Lee, Human Capital
Management, Cherry C.K. Tang, Senior Executive and Franky C.K. Lam
Department Manager. Mr. Lee explained that Tal is purchasing 15
Flir cameras for use in the company's production facilities
throughout Asia. They are intended to be used for rapid body
temperature checks of employees entering production facilities to
minimize the potential spread of flu among employees. Presently,
the company uses low tech hand held devices to check employee
temperatures and the Flir cameras will allow them to test employees
much more rapidly and in a less invasive way.
6. As to the specific camera that is the subject of license
application D425104, Mr. Lee stated that it would be held as a spare
in Hong Kong (where there are no production facilities). In the
event any of the other cameras needed replacement, the Hong Kong
unit would be sent to the location in question. Mr. Lee stated that
he did not believe application D425104 made this point clear. ECO
found Tal employees to be open and credible in their explanations.
7. Based on the information detailed herein, ECO believes Tal to be
a suitable recipient of controlled U.S. origin technology.