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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 43-85] 
 
                                  50 FR 52350 
 
                               December 23, 1985 
 
 
Foreign-Trade Zone 14 -- Little Rock, AR; Application For Subzone Polar 
Stainless Products Sink Plant, Searcy 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Little Rock Port Authority on behalf of the State of 
Arkansas, grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 14, requesting special-purpose 
subzone status for the stainless steel sink manufacturing plant of Polar 
Stainless Products, Inc. (Polar), in Searcy, White County, Arkansas, some 
45 miles northwest of the Little Rock 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 December 9, 1985. 
 
   The proposed subzone is located at 920 E. Lincoln Avenue, Searcy. The 
12.5-acre facility employs 171 persons and is used to produce stainless 
steel sinks for home and commercial uses. Polar has been purchasing most 
of its stainless steel sheet and strip from domestic sources. Because of 
increasing foreign competition, the company plans to purchase about 50 
percent of its steel from lower-cost foreign sources. Polar exports over 
6 percent of its production.  
 
   Zone procedures would allow Polar to avoid duty payments on the foreign 
steel used in its exports. On its domestic sales, the company would be 
able to take advantage of the normal duty rate available to importers of 
sinks, which is 4.7 percent. Stainless steel sheet and strip is subject 
to a 10-percent basic duty rate. An additional 6 percent duty is in effect 
under an ITC Escape Clause action. Polar states that it cannot maintain 
its domestic production without turning to lower cost foreign materials, 
because of the price competitiveness of sinks made abroad. 
 
   In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has 
been appointed to investigate the application and report to the Board. The 
committee consists of: Dennis Puccinelli (Chairman), Foreign-Trade Zones 
Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; Joel Mish, 
District Director, U.S. Customs Service, South Central Region, 423 Canal 
St., New Orleans, LA 70130; and Colonel Robert W. Whitehead, District 
Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Little Rock, P.O. Box 867, Little 
Rock AR 72203. 
 
   Comments concerning the proposed subzone are invited in writing from 
interested parties. They should be addressed to the Board's Executive 
Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before February 7, 1986.
 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 

U.S. Dept. of Commerce District Office, 
Suite 635, Savers Federal Bldg., 
320 W. Capitol Ave., 
Little Rock, AR 72201 
 
 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529, 
14th and Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20230  
 
   Dated: December 16, 1985. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 85-30282 Filed 12-20-85; 8:45 am] 
 
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