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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 44-84] 
                                  49 FR 40068 
                                October 12, 1984 
Foreign-Trade Zone 9, Honolulu, HI; Application for Subzone at Dole 
Pineapple Plant 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) on behalf of the State of Hawaii, grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 
9, by the Hawaii State Department of Planning and Economic Development, 
requesting special-purpose subzone status for the pineapple cannery of Dole 
Processed Food Company, a division of Castle & Cooke, Inc., located in 
Honolulu, Hawaii, within the Honolulu 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 October 2, 1984. The 
applicant is authorized to make this proposal under Act 7 of the Session 
Laws of Hawaii, 1963. 
   The proposed subzone is located at Dole's cannery and can-making 
facility, 650 Iwilei Road, Honolulu. The 55-acre facility produces canned 
pineapple and pineapple juice and juice concentrate. The fresh pineapple 
and most of the juice are of domestic origin. The tin plate used to make 
the cans has traditionally been sourced abroad. About 6 percent of the 
canned products are exported.  
   Zone procedures would allow Dole to take advantage of the same duty-free
treatment that is in effect for foreign producers of canned pineapple with 
respect to tin plate and cans. The duty rate for tin plate is 3.9 percent, 
whereas tin cans imported as containers with merchandise are dutiable only 
as part of the value of their contents. In the case of pineapple, foreign 
canners have an even greater cost advantage because the duties are 
"specific", based on net weight, and the cans enter duty free. 
   Offshore producers have captured 60 percent of the U.S. market for 
pineapple products in recent years. During the past 15 years the number of 
companies processing pineapple in Hawaii has decreased from nine to the two 
that are now in operation, with a 50 percent decline in employment. In an 
effort to prevent a further decline in its domestic production, Dole has 
embarked on a major cost reduction program. The duty exemption on tin plate 
that would be provided under subzone procedures would play an important 
role in helping the company increase its price competitiveness. 
   In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has 
been appointed to investigate the application and report on the Board. The 
committee consists of: Dennis Puccinelli (Chairman), Foreign-Trade Zones 
Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 20230; George Roberts, 
District Director, U.S. Customs Service, Pacific Region, 335 Merchant, 228 
Federal Bldg., P.O. Box 1641, Honolulu, HI 96806; and Colonel Michael M. 
Jenks, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Honolulu, Building 
230, Ft. Shafter, HI 96858.  

   Comments concerning the proposed subzone 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 November 14, 1984.  

   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 
U.S. Dept. of Commerce District Office, 
4106 Federal Building, 
300 Ala Moana Boulevard, 
P.O. Box 40026, 
Honolulu, HI 96850 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529, 
14th and Pennsylvania NW., 
Washington, D.C. 20230  
   Dated: October 5, 1984. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 84-27014 Filed 10-11-84; 8:45 am]