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                         INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION 
                     AGENCY: Internation Trade Commission. 
                                  48 FR 31310 
                                  July 7, 1983 
The Implications of Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ's) for U.S. Industries and for Competitive Conditions between U.S. and Foreign Firms

ACTION: Following receipt on May 31, 1983, of a request from the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Commission instituted investigation No. 332-165 under section 332(g) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1332(g)), for the purpose of gathering and presenting information on the implications of foreign-trade zones (including subzones) (FTZ's) for U.S. industries and for competitive conditions between U.S. and foreign firms. The Commission's investigation will include a review of the effects on revenue collection, employment, and the economy in general caused by the establishment of such zones. Among the issues examined in this review will be the current administration and operation of FTZ's; trends in FTZ usage; benefits associated with FTZ's; major manufacturing industries utilizing FTZ's and the nature of the operations performed; U.S. industry concerns regarding FTZ's and their recommendations for modifications; and safeguards in the FTZ system. The Committee requested that the Commission forward its report by February 15, 1984.

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 28, 1983.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. William Hanlon or Mr. Carl F. Seastrum, General Manufactures Division, Office of Industries, U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, D.C. 20436, telephone 202-724-1745 or 202-724-1733, respectively.

Public Hearing. -- A public hearing in connection with the investigation will be held in the Commission Hearing Room, 701 E Street NW., Washington, D.C. 20436, beginning at 10:00 a.m., on November 16, 1983. All persons shall have the right to appear by counsel or in person, to present information, and to be heard. Requests to appear at the public hearing should be filed with the Secretary, United States International Trade Commission, 701 E Street NW., Washington, D.C. 20436, not later than noon November 9, 1983.

Written submission. -- In lieu of or in addition to appearances at the public hearing interested persons are invited to submit written statements concerning the investigation. Written statements should be received by the close of business on November 9, 1983. Commercial or financial information which a submitter desires the Commission to treat as confidential must be submitted on separate sheets of paper, each clearly marked "Confidential Business Information" at the top. All submissions requesting confidential treatment must conform with the requirements of @ 201.6 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedures (19 CFR 201.6). All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be made available for inspection by interested persons. All submissions should be addressed to the Secretary at the Commission's office in Washington, D.C.

Issued: July 1, 1983.

By order of the Commission.

TEXT: Kenneth R. Mason,

Secretary. [FR Doc. 83-18345 Filed 7-6-83; 8:45 am]