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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 14-88] 
 
                                   53 FR 8479 
 
                                 March 15, 1988 
 
 
Foreign-Trade Zone 68; El Paso, TX; Request for Manufacturing for SNA Nut
Co. for Pecan Shelling 
 
TEXT: The City of El Paso, Texas, grantee of FTZ 68, has requested 
manufacturing approval from the Foreign-Trade Zones Board to allow the use
of zone procedures within FTZ 68 by SNA Nut Company for the shelling of 
foreign pecans. The request was filed on March 3, 1988. 
 
   Shelled pecans (meats) are subject to a Customs duty rate of 10~ per 
pound, though those of Mexican origin are duty-free under the Generalized 
System of Preferences (GSP). Unshelled pecans are dutiable at 5~ per pound
and are not covered by the GSP. SNA wishes to enter unshelled pecans into
the zone for shelling and sale of the meats primarily in the United States,
paying duty at the 5~ rate (privileged-foreign status). The benefit sought
is to avoid duties on the weight of the shells, which account for some 50 
percent of the incoming items's weight. SNA indicates that, because pecan 
meats ca n be imported duty-free (GSP) from Mexico, zone procedures are a 
factor in retaining this operation in the United States. 
 
   Comments on the proposed manufacturing operation 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 April 25, 1988.
 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at the 
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, Room 1529, 14th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.   

   Dated: March 9, 1988. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.  
[FR Doc. 88-5633 Filed 3-14-88; 8:45 am] 
 
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