DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
55 FR 31413
August 2, 1990
Foreign-Trade Zone 24 -- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA, Application for
Subzone, Jewelcor Watch Distribution and Assembly Facility, Exeter, PA
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Eastern Distribution Center, Inc., grantee of FTZ 24,
requesting special-purpose subzone status for the watch distribution and
assembly facility of Jewelcor, Inc., located in Exeter, Pennsylvania. 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 2, 1990.
The Jewelcor plant (2.6 acres) is located at Erie and Susquehana Avenue,
Exeter (Luzerne County). The facility (170 employees) is used to distribute
foreign-made watches to both domestic and foreign markets. Some of the
watches have straps and bezels added at the plant prior to distribution.
Zone procedures would exempt Jewelcor from payment of Customs duties on
foreign products that are reexported. On its domestic sales, the company is
seeking to defer the payment of Customs duties until the products leave the
plant, and it has indicated a willingness to accept a restriction that
would require privileged foreign status on all foreign merchandise admitted
to the proposed subzone. (The duty rates for watches and parts normally
range from 2.8 to 14.0%.) The applicant indicates that the zone savings
would help the company'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, DC 20230; Edward A. Goggin,
Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service, Northeast
Region, suite 801, 10 Causeway Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02222; and
Colonel Frank Finch, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District
Baltimore, P.O. Box 1715, Baltimore, Maryland 21203.
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 September
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available
during this time for public inspection at each of the following locations:
Port Director's Office, U.S. Customs Service,
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport,
Avoca, Pennsylvania 18641.
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce,
14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., room 2835,
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: July 26, 1990.
Acting Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 90-17976 Filed 8-01-90; 8:45 am]
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