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                           DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

                  	Foreign-Trade Zones Board

     	         	      (Docket A(32b1)-4-92)

Foreign-Trade Zone 9--Honolulu, Hawaii; Request for Manufacturing Authority
                         (Luggage, Bags, and Cases)

                       Wednesday, September 30, 1992

A request has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board
pursuant to  400.32(b)(1) of the Board's regulations for approval of zone
export manufacturing authority within FTZ 9 by the State of Hawaii's
Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, on behalf of the
State of Hawaii, grantee of FTZ 9. It was formally filed on September 22,

The proposed operation involves the production for export of plastic and
leather luggage, suitcases, handbags, wallets, and sportbags (included in
HTS paragraph 4202) by the Hawaii Bag Company, Inc. (HBC). Up to 35 percent
of the value of the finished products would be made from components sourced
abroad, including articles of steel (HTS 7326.90.9090.5), rubber or plastic
fabric (HTS 5903.10.2090.2), leather (HTS 4101.31.6090.8), plastic material
(HTS 3926.90.9090.8), plastic fasteners (HTS 3926.90.9090.8), buckles and
clasps (HTS 8308.90.6000.0), rigid plastic tubing (HTS 3917.29.0050.2),
plastic sheeting (HTS 3920.99.5000.2), and cotton webbing (HTS

Zone procedures would exempt HBC from payment of Customs duties on foreign
components used in the exported finished products. (Customs duty rates on
components range from 3.1 to 7.0 percent.) The request indicates that zone
procedures would encourage export activity by helping the firm to reduce
production costs, improving its international competitiveness.
Public comment on the proposal is invited from interested parties.
Submissions (original and 3 copies) shall be addressed to the Board's
Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their
receipt is November 16, 1992.

A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available for
public inspection at the following location: 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, room 3716, 
14th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.

Dated: September 24, 1992.

John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,

Executive Secretary.

(FR Doc. 92-23734 Filed 9-29-92; 8:45 am)