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1993 WL 121879 (F.R.)



		       Foreign-Trade Zones Board

			    (Docket 13-93)

  Foreign-Trade Zone 45--Portland, OR; Application for Subzone, Colby
            Processors, Inc., Plastic Pipe Plant, Pendleton, OR

                         Wednesday, April 21, 1993

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade  Zones Board (the 
Board) by the Port of Portland (Oregon), grantee of FTZ 45, requesting 
special-purpose subzone status for the plastic pipe manufacturing plant of 
Colby Plastics Processors, Inc. (Colby), located in Pendleton, Oregon. 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 April 12, 1993.

The Colby plant (25,000 sq. ft/10 acres/28 employees) is located at 4650
NW. Bartsch Road, Pendleton (Umatilla County), Oregon, approximately 195
miles east of Portland. The facility is used to produce
acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) plastic pipe for export and the
domestic market. The pipe (1 1/4 to 6 inches in diameter) is used in the
drain/venting (DWV) sections of plumbing systems in building construction
(HTSUS 3917.29, duty rate 3.1%). The manufacturing process involves heating
domestic and foreign-sourced ABS resin pellets to a viscous mixture, which
is then extruded and cooled to form pipe. Foreign-origin materials used in
the production process include ABS resin pellets (HTSUS 3903.30.0000-6;
duty rate: 0.7/kg+9.4%).

Zone procedures would exempt Colby from Customs duty payments on the
foreign materials used in export production. On domestic sales, the company
would be able to choose the duty rate that applies to the finished ABS pipe
(3.1%) on the foreign material inputs noted above. On other foreign
materials stored at the plant, Colby would be able to defer duty payments.
The application indicates that the savings from zone procedures would help
improve the plant's international competitiveness.

In accordance with the Board's regulations (as revised, 56 FR 50790- 
50808, 10-8-91), a member of the FTZ Staff has been appointed examiner to
investigate the application and report to the Board.

Public comment on the application is invited from interested parties.
Submissions (original and three copies) shall be addressed to the Board's
Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their
receipt is June 21, 1993. Rebuttal comments in response to material
submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the
subsequent 15-day period (to July 6, 1993).

A copy of the application and the accompanying exhibits will be available
for public inspection at each of the following locations:

U.S. Department of Commerce, District Office,
 One World Trade Center, 121
SW Salmon Suite 242, 
Portland, OR 97204

Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 3716,
14th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: April 13, 1993.

John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,

Executive Secretary.

(FR Doc. 93-9322 Filed 4-20-93; 8:45 am)