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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 26-88] 
 
                                  53 FR 29754 
 
                                 August 8, 1988 
 
 
Foreign-Trade Zone 49 -- Newark/Elizabeth, NJ; Application for Subzone 
Agfa-Gevaert West Caldwell, NJ; Specialty Photographic Paper Plant  
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
Board) by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, grantee of FTZ 49,
requesting special-purpose subzone status for the specialty photographic 
paper manufacturing plant of the Peerless Photo Products Division of Agfa-
Gevaert, Inc. (AGI), a subsidiary of Agfa-Gavaert NV of Belgium, located in 
the Township of West Caldwell, New Jersey, within the Newark 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 July 28, 1988. 
 
   The AGI plant (15 acres with 93,000 sq. ft. of building space) is located
at 8 Henderson Drive in the West Essex Industrial Park. The facility employs
200 persons and is used to produce several kinds of high quality 
photographic papers used in advertising and industrial graphic operations. 
Approximately 50 percent of the value of the components will be sourced 
abroad, such as photographic emulsions and chemicals, photographic base 
paper, photographic gelatin, carbon black and plastic containers chiefly 
used for packing. 
 
   Zone procedures would exempt AGI from duty payments on the foreign 
components used in its exports. On its domestic sales, the company will be 
able to elect the duty rate that applies to finished photographic paper. 
The duty rates on the major components range from 0.0 to 8.5 percent, 
whereas the rate for the finished photographic paper is 3.7 percent. The 
application indicates that zone savings will improve the plant's 
international competitiveness.  
 
   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, D.C. 20230; Peter J. Baish,
Area Director, U.S. Customs Service, New York Region, Airport International
Plaza, Room 210A, Newark, New Jersey 07114; and Colonel Marion L. Caldwell,
District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District New York, 26 Federal Plaza, 
New York, New York 10278-0090. 
 
   Comments concerning the proposed subzone are invited in writing from 
interested parties. They shall be addressed to the Board's Executive 
Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before September 16, 
1988.  
 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of
the following locations: 

Area Director's Office, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
Airport International Plaza, Room 210A, 
Newark, New Jersey 07114 
 
 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529, 
14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230  
 
   Dated: August 1, 1988. 
 
 
Dennis Puccinelli, 
 
   Acting Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 88-17793 Filed 8-5-88; 8:45 am] 
 
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