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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 3: Post-License/Pre-Shipment

Published: Thu 4 Feb 2010 09:33 PM
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SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: POST-LICENSE/PRE-SHIPMENT
END-USE CHECK ON LICENSES 050208857
1. This is an Action Request. See paragraph 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 licenses 050208857 and
050211147 for the export of firearms to Mauritius. 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 licenses involving parties to this license.
3. Reason for Request: End-user, Robert Le Marie Limited,
has never been subject to a Blue Lantern check in the past.
Also, the company provided an end-use certificate which
states that the re-export of the defense articles listed
below does not require authorization. This statement is
false, as all re-exports of United States Munitions LIst
(USML) item require authorization from the Department of
State. This request is for Post to establish the bona fides
of the end-user and inform the company of its obligations not
to retransfer or re-export without prior authorization of USG.
4. Action Request: Post is requested to establish the bona
fides end-user Robert Le Marie Ltd by making inquiries to
representatives of the company and appropriate authorities of
the Government of Mauritius. Post is also requested to
inform the company about its obligations to obtain
authorization from the Department prior to any retransfer or
re-export. The following points are included for guidance:
(To Robert Le Marie Ltd)
--When was your company established and who are its
principals?
--What products and services does your company provide? Who
are your regular customers and where do they reside?
--What are your annual sales of U.S.-origin firearms and
ammunition? What are these items typically used for in
Mauritius?
--Do you sell firearms to customers that reside outside
Mauritius? If so, who are these customers and where do they
reside?
--Are you familiar with the regulations governing the import
of U.S.-origin defense articles, including restrictions on
unauthorized re-transfer or re-export?
--The End-Use Certificate issued by your company states that
the re-export of these items to certain countries does not
require authorization. This statement is false, as all
re-export of these items, regardless of destination, requires
retransfer and re-export authorization from the U.S.
Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.
--Who advised you that re-export authorization was not
required for certain countries? From where did you receive
the template for your end-use certificate? Please be advised
that the statements made on that document with regards to
U.S. export controls is inaccurate. If you have any further
questions or require guidance, please contact the Directorate
of Defense Trade Control's Response Team at 202.663.1282 or
DDTCResponseTeam@state.gov.
(To Appropriate Import/Export and/or Law Enforcement
Authorities)
--Is Robert Le Marie Ltd properly authorized to import and
sell firearms and ammunition in Mauritius?
--Do you have any information on Robert Le Marie Ltd that
would call in to question their reliability as a recipient of
U.S. defense articles?
--Are there any restrictions in Mauritius on the types ands
calibers of firearms available for commercial resale?
In its reply, Post may also comment on any other information
pertinent to these transactions such as security of
facilities, end-use, and concerns about the entities
involved.
5. Details of license applications:
DTC Case: 050208857
QUANTITY/COMMODITY:
12 Model 700 Bolt Action Rifles, Calibers: .25-06, .270,
.30-06, .308
5 Model 925 Bolt Action Rifles, .22 Caliber
10,900 Rounds of Centerfire Ammunition
32,000 Rounds of Rimfire Ammunition
6 Magazine Clips
License Value: USD $19,208
SELLER:
Freedom Group
Remington Arms Co.
PO Box 700
870 Remington Drive
Madison, NC 27025
FOREIGN END-USER:
Robert Le Marie Limited
Old Moka Road Bell Village
PO Box 161
Port Louis, Mauritius
Tel: 230 212 1865
PURPOSE:
For commercial resale in Mauritius
6. Submitted in support of the license application were the
following documents (PM/DTCC will fax documentation to Posts
upon request):
DSP-83 Nontransfer and Use Certificate signed by George
McHugh (Remington) dated 01/11/2010 and Damien Lagesse
(Robert Le Marie) dated 12/03/2009
DSP-83 Nontransfer and Use Certificate signed by George
McHugh (Remington) dated 01/13/2010 and Damien Lagesse
(Robert Le Marie) dated 01/13/2010
End-Use Certificate issued by Robert Le Marie Ltd signed by
Damien Lagesse dated 11/26/2009 (NOTE: This document appears
to be a modified end-use certificate from another country and
states that re-export to a list of specific countries does
not require any approval. This statement is false, as all
re-export of these items requires approval from the U.S.
Department of State).
License to Import Firearms and Ammunition Nos. 496, 498, and
501 signed by the Commissioner of Police (signature
illegible) dated 11/17/2009
Purchase Order from Robert Le Marie Ltd signed by Damien
Lagesse
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 on Intellipedia:
http://www.intelink.gov/wiki/
Blue Lantern End-Use Monitoring Program
8. Department is grateful for Post's assistance in this
matter.
CLINTON
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