Foreign Trade Zone 27, Boston; Application for Subzone at Lawrence Textile Shrinking
Company, Lawrence, Massachusetts
TEXT: Notice is hereby given that an application has been submitted to the
Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Massachusetts Port Authority, grantee
of Foreign-Trade Zone 27 in Boston, for a special-purpose subzone at the textile
processing plant of the Lawrence Textile Shrinking Company (Lawrence Textile),
Lawrence, Massachusetts, within the Lawrence Customs port of entry. The application
was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended
(19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the regulations of the Board (15 CFR Part 400). It was
formally filed on February 3, 1983. The applicant is authorized to make this
proposal under chapter 771 of the Acts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
1971. There have been preliminary discussions of the proposal with Customs
officials and the Commerce Office of Textiles and Apparel.
The subzone would involve Lawrence Textile's 2 1/2 -acre plant located at 516
Broadway, Lawrence, Massachusetts. The company performs a variety of services
for foreign and domestic textile mills and textile product users, primarily for wool
and wool blend materials. Its activities under zone procedures would be limited to
the following inspection and processing operations: examination, repair, sponging,
"London" shrinking, folding, measuring, tentering, drying, back coating, color
evaluation, packaging and labeling. The processes would involve no changes in
Zone procedures would allow the company's customers to avoid duty payment on
material that is either reexported or rejected. On their domestic sales, the firms
would be able to defer duty payment until after inspection and processing. Because
duty rates range from 5 to 38 percent with most of the material subject to a 38
percent duty, savings from zone procedures could be substantial. These procedures
could not be fully utilized at the zone in Boston. Their availability at the Lawrence
plant would help Lawrence Textile compete with offshore operations.
In accordance with the Board's regulations, an Examiners Committee has been
appointed to investigate the application and report thereon to the Board. The
committee consists of Dennis Puccinelli (Chairman), Foreign-Trade Zones Staff,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 20230; Edward A. Goggin,
Assistant Regional Commissioner (Operations), U.S. Customs Service, Northeast
Region, 100 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02110; and Colonel Carl B.
Sciple, Division Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer Division New England, 424 Trapelo
Road, Waltham, Massachusetts 02154.
Comments concerning the proposed zone expansion are invited in writing from
interested persons and organizations. They should be addressed to the Board's
Executive Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before March 11, 1983.
A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of the following
Office of the Director,
U.S. Dept. of Commerce District Office,
441 Stuart Street, 10th Floor,
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce,
14th and Constitution, NW., Room 1872,
Washington, D.C. 20230
Dated: February 7, 1983.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board.
[FR Doc. 83-3690 Filed 2-9-83; 8:45 am]
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