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2003-03-29 09:28:00
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EXTRANCHECK: PRE-LICENSE CHECK PROSPORTS

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SIPDIS
TELEGRAM                                           March 29, 2003


To:       No Action Addressee                                    

Action:   Unknown                                                

From:     AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 1478 - ROUTINE)         

TAGS:     ETTC                                                   

Captions: None                                                   

Subject:  EXTRANCHECK: PRE-LICENSE CHECK PROSPORTS INTERNATIONAL 

Ref:      None                                                   
_________________________________________________________________
UNCLAS        ABU DHABI 01478

SIPDIS
Laser1:
    ACTION: FCS 
CXABU:
    INFO:   ECON AMB DCM 

DISSEMINATION: FCS
CHARGE: FCS

APPROVED: FCS: JLANCIA
DRAFTED: FCS: MARY O'BRIEN
CLEARED: ECON: CMARTIN-CRUMPLER

VZCZCADI722
RR RUCPDOC RUEHC RUEHRO RUEHDI
DE RUEHAD #1478 0880928
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 290928Z MAR 03
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 9112
RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME 0671
RUEHDI/AMCONSUL DUBAI 2960
						UNCLAS ABU DHABI 001478 

SIPDIS

USDOC FOR 532/OEA/MARY R. CORSEY/DAVID POOLE
SECSTATE FOR EB/ESP AND NEA/LAURA MALENAS
US CUSTOMS HQ FOR STRATEGIC INVESTIGATIONS
ROME FOR CUSTOMS ATTACHE
DUBAI FOR FCS
USDOC 3131 FOR FCS ANESA REGIONAL DIRECTOR BOBBETTE ORR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC TC

SUBJECT: EXTRANCHECK: PRE-LICENSE CHECK PROSPORTS
INTERNATIONAL

REF A)USDOC 00754 B) USDOC 01173; APPLICATION NOS.

D304672/D304689
UNCLAS ABU DHABI 001478

SIPDIS

USDOC FOR 532/OEA/MARY R. CORSEY/DAVID POOLE
SECSTATE FOR EB/ESP AND NEA/LAURA MALENAS
US CUSTOMS HQ FOR STRATEGIC INVESTIGATIONS
ROME FOR CUSTOMS ATTACHE
DUBAI FOR FCS
USDOC 3131 FOR FCS ANESA REGIONAL DIRECTOR BOBBETTE ORR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC TC

SUBJECT: EXTRANCHECK: PRE-LICENSE CHECK PROSPORTS
INTERNATIONAL

REF A)USDOC 00754 B) USDOC 01173; APPLICATION NOS.

D304672/D304689

1.REFTEL B WAS A FOLLOW UP TO A REQUEST FOR A PRE-LICENSE
CHECK TO DETERMINE THE SUITABILITY OF PROSPORTS
INTERNATIONAL, BOX 26723 DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES AS A
RECIPIENT OF US ORIGIN GOODS OR TECHNICAL DATA. POST HAD NOT
RECEIVED REFTEL A, WHICH WAS FAXED TO POST ON MARCH 10,

2003.


2. ON MARCH 12, 2003, COMMERCIAL OFFICER MARY O'BRIEN
CONDUCTED A PLC ON PROSPORTS INTERNATIONAL, LOCATED IN
DUBAI, TELEPHONE NUMBER 971-04-34-34-008, FAX 971-04-34-34-

007. COMMOFF MET WITH MR. JULIAN HOLMES, GENERAL MANAGER,
PROSPORTS INTERNATIONAL AND HIS ASSISTANT.


3. MR. HOLMES STATED THAT PROSPORTS INTERNATIONAL IS A
WHOLESALE COMPANY AND IS OWNED BY SHEIKH SAEED BIN MOHAMMED
AL MAKTOUM, A MEMBER OF THE RULING FAMILY IN DUBAI AND AN
OLYMPIC LEVEL MARKSMAN, WHO RECENTLY WON A GOLD MEDAL IN
COMPETITIVE SHOOTING AT THE ASIAN SHHOTING COMPETITION. MR.
HOLMES SAID THAT PROSPORTS INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTS SEVERAL
MAJOR COMPANIES, INCLUDING ADIDAS, ANTIGUA AND MOOSE APPAREL
FROM CANADA. MR. HOLMES SAID THAT PROSPORTS INTERNATIONAL IS
MOVING TO A NEW LOCATION ADJACENT TO WHERE THEIR WAREHOUSE
IS NOW LOCATED.


4. MR. HOLMES SAID THAT ACCORDING TO THEIR AGREEMENT WITH
BUSHNELL, PROSPORTS INTERNATIONAL IS THE EXCLUSIVE
DISTRIBUTOR FOR BUSHNELL FOR THE MIDDLE EAST. BUSHNELL OWNS
BOLLE SUNGLASSES AND SMITH ATHLETIC EYEWEAR, WHICH PROSPORTS
INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTES.


5. MR. HOLMES GAVE COMMOFF MARY O'BRIEN A COPY OF PROSPORTS'
TRADE LICENSE ISSUED ON 04/05/1995 FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, GOVERNMENT OF DUBAI. THIS DOCUMENT CAN
BE IMAGED AND FORWARDED BY E-MAIL UPON REQUEST.


6. MR. HOLMES SAID THE RIFLESCOPES AND ACCESSORIES LISTED ON
THE EXPORT LICENSE APPLICATION WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE
HUNTING SHOW SCHEDULUED FOR ABU DHABI THIS YEAR. BUSHNELL
PLANS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SHOW AS AN EXHIBITOR. IN
ADDITION, MR. HOLMES HAS RECEIVED INQUIRIES FROM SOME RETAIL
SPORTING GOODS AND SHOOTING ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE UAE ABOUT
SELLING RIFLESCOPES. PROSPORTS INTERNATIONAL HAS NOT YET
ORDERED ANY SCOPES AND THINKS THAT THE NUMBERS ON THE
APPLICATION MAY BE OPTIMISTIC FOR THE TWO-YEAR LIFE OF THE
LICENSE. IT APPEARS BUSHNELL IS SEEKING THIS LICENSE IN
ANTICIPATION OF FUTURE ORDERS THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST
OVER THE TWO-YEAR LIFE OF THE LICENSE.


7. RECOMMENDATION: COMMOFF BELIEVES PROSPORTS INTERNATIONAL,
WHILE NOT AN EXPERIENCED IMPORTER/EXPORTER OF FIREARMS OR
ACCESSORIES, IS A RELIABLE RECIPIENT OF U.S. ORIGIN
COMMODITIES.