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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                                 [Docket 37-90] 
                                  55 FR 35915 
                               September 4, 1990 
   Foreign-Trade Zone 145 -- Shreveport, LA (Shreveport-Bossier City Customs
Port of Entry), Application for Subzone, AT&T Telephone and Computer 
Equipment Plant, Shreveport, LA 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Caddo/Bossier Parishes Port Commission, grantee of FTZ 
145, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the American Telephone 
and Telegraph Company's (AT&T) manufacturing and distribution facility 
located in Shreveport, Louisiana, adjacent to the Shreveport-Bossier City 
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 August 23, 1990.  
   AT&T's Shreveport plant (2,400 employees) is currently part of FTZ 145 
(Board Order 370, 53 F.R. 1503, 1/20/88), but no approval has yet been 
given for manufacturing activity. The company is now planning major 
manufacturing operations under zone procedures, and after discussions with 
District Customs officials, it has been decided that subzone status would 
be more suitable.  
   The facility is on a 156-acre site located at 9595 Mansfield Road (U.S. 
Highway 171) in southwest Shreveport. It is the company's only U.S. facility
for the manufacture of telephone systems for small and large businesses and 
related equipment. In addition, company plans call for the manufacture of 
computer equipment, facsimile machines and clock radios. Some of the 
plant's inputs are foreign-sourced including electronic components such as 
capacitors, diodes, resistors, transistors, integrated circuits, printed 
circuit boards, power supplies, switches and connectors; parts of 
telephones such as microphones, ringers and keypads; and parts of computer 
and facsimile equipment such as the printed circuit boards, power supplies, 
cathode ray tubes, disk drives, keyboards; and, a variety of hardware and 
   Zone procedures would exempt AT&T from Customs duty payments on foreign 
items used in its exports. On its domestic sales the company would be able 
to pay duties at the rate applicable to finished products and components 
(3.7 to 8.5%). The duty rates on the parts and materials used in production 
range from 0 percent to 10 percent. The application indicates that zone 
procedures will help improve AT&T'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; Joel R. Mish, 
District Director, U.S. Customs Service, South Central Region, 423 Canal 
Street, suite 244, New Orleans, LA 70130; and Colonel Francis R. Skidmore, 
District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District, Vicksburg, P.O. Box 60, 
Vicksburg, MS 39181-0060.  
   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 October 24, 1990.
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 
U.S. Customs Service, 
Port Director's Office, 
6125 Interstate Drive, Bay 11, 
Shreveport, Louisiana 71109. 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, room 2835, 
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.  
   Dated: August 27, 1990. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 90-20701 Filed 8-31-90; 8:45 am]