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FM AMCONSUL HONG KONG
TO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 7755
RHMFIUU/HQ BICE WASHINGTON DC UNCLAS HONG KONG 001009
USDOC FOR 532/OEA/MHAMES/MCANNER
USDOC FOR 3132 FOR FCS/OIO REGIONAL DIRECTOR PATRICK SANTILLO
BICE FOR OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INVESTIGATIONS
E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: EXTRANCHECK: POST SHIPMENT VERIFICATION: UNIQUEST HONG
REF: A) BIS e-mail request dated May 15, 2009
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 post shipment verification (PSV) at Uniquest Hong Kong, Suite
1201, Tower 1, China Hong Kong City, 33 Canton Road, Hong Kong
(Uniquest). The items in question for this PSV are three shipments
of programmable logic arrays exported to Uniquest on or about
December 4, 2008, January 5, 2009 and February 2, 2009. These items
are classified under export control classification number (ECCN)
3A001 and are controlled for national security (NS) reasons. The
exporter was Altera Corporation of San Jose, California.
3. According to the Hong Kong Companies Registry, Uniquest is a
Korean company registered in Hong Kong in 2001 with Won 6.5 million
in share capital. Its directors are Korean nationals.
4. According to the company's web site (www.uniquest.co.kr), the
company is a distributor of electronic components.
5. On June 2, 2009, ECO visited the company and met with Andrew
Kim, Managing Director and Yoon Lee, Operations Manager. Both
stated that they are American citizens. Mr. Kim noted that Uniquest
is a Korean company that serves Korean companies (whether in Korea
or at their manufacturing locations in China). Mr. Kim stated that
the company operates from Hong Kong because, in this way, it is able
to be paid in U.S. dollars by its Korean customers (something that
is not possible in Korea, according to Mr. Kim). This allows the
company to minimize its Won currency risk. Mr. Kim stated that his
company does not deal in high reliability or military grade items.
He characterized orders for these types of items as red flags.
6. As to the specific items in question, Messrs. Kim and Lee
provided documentation confirming shipment of all of the items to
various civil end users in Korea including LG Electronics, LG
Panels, Centron Technology (a medical equipment manufacturer) and
Comart System Co (a surveillance system manufacturer).
7. According to Mr. Kim, the company applies for many Hong Kong
export licenses (Mr. Lee provided copies of all of the applicable
licenses for the shipments in question) and he is quite familiar
with BIS export control rules (noting that he was unable to sell to
a known Korean customer, Britestone, while it was on the BIS General
Order 3 list).
8. Based on the information noted above, ECO believes Uniquest to
be a suitable recipient of controlled U.S. origin technology.
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