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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                                 [Docket 5-90] 
                                   55 FR 6027 
                               February 21, 1990 
   Foreign-Trade Zone 24 -- Wilkes Barre/Scranton, PA; Application for 
Subzone; Hershey Candy Plant, Hershey, PA 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Eastern Distribution Center, Inc., International Trade 
Center of Pennsylvania, grantee of FTZ 24, requesting special-purpose 
subzone status for the candy manufacturing plant of Hershey Foods 
Corporation located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, adjacent to the Harrisburg 
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 February 12, 1990. 
   The Hershey plant (25 acres) is located at 19 E. Chocolate Avenue in 
Hershey. The facility (3000 employees) is used to produce a variety of 
confectionary and related products. The company currently purchases sugar 
from domestic sources, and would purchase lower-priced sugar from abroad if
it obtains subzone status.  
   Zone procedures would exempt Hershey from quota restrictions on foreign 
sugar used in the production of non-quota products. The company would also 
be exempt from Customs tariffs on the foreign content of its exports. 
Products sold in the U.S. market would be subject to quotas and tariffs on 
the basis of the finished product. The applicant cites the pending 
application for a subzone at the E. J. Brach & Sons candy plant in Chicago 
(FTZ Board Docket 19-89, 54 FR 42317, 10/16/89), and states that its basis 
for seeking subzone status is to offset the possible competitive advantage 
Brach would gain if its proposal is approved.  
   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, 10 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02222-1056; and Colonel Bernard E. 
Stalmann, Jr., District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Baltimore, 
P.O. Box 1715, Baltimore, MD 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 April 5, 1990.
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 
Port Director's Office, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
Bldg. 135, 2nd Floor/Middletown, 
Harrisburg, PA 17057. 

Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
U.S. Department of Commerce, room 2835 
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.  
   Dated: February 13, 1990. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 90-3886 Filed 2-20-90; 8:45 am]