[Federal Register: July 8, 1994]
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zone 9B--Honolulu, HI; Kerr Pacific Corp., HFM
Division (Bakery Mixes and Animal Feed); Application for Expansion
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Department of Business, Economic Development &
Tourism of the State of Hawaii, grantee of FTZ Subzone 9B, requesting
authority on behalf of Kerr Pacific Corp., HFM Division (HFM) (formerly
known as Hawaiian Flour Mills, Inc.) to expand the scope of subzone
manufacturing authority and to expand the boundary of the subzone. 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 June 8, 1994.
Subzone 9B was approved by the FTZ Board in 1984, with authorized
activity involving the production of bakery mixes (flour, sugar, milk
blends) for export (Board Order 274, 49 FR 42969, 10/17/84). The
subzone consists of one site (72,000 sq. ft., 14 employees), adjacent
to Pier 23 at Honolulu Harbor.
HFM is now seeking authority to expand the scope of activities
conducted under zone procedures to include the processing of animal
feeds. Some of the ingredients would be sourced abroad, including corn,
soybean meal, alfalfa meal and barley. The finished animal feed would
be sold to the livestock industry in Hawaii and abroad.
Zone procedures would exempt HFM from Customs duty payments on
foreign items that are used in production for export. On sales to the
Hawaiian market, the company would be able to choose the duty rate that
applies to the blended animal feeds (duty free) instead of the rate
that applies to foreign ingredients (duty free to 3%). The application
indicates that the savings from zone procedures would help improve the
company's international competitiveness.
To accommodate the proposed activity, the applicant is also
requesting authority to expand the boundary of the subzone to include
HFM's grain silos and a parcel for a proposed animal feed mill (approx.
20,000 sq. ft.), adjacent to the existing subzone.
In accordance with the Board's regulations, 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 September 6, 1994. Rebuttal comments in
response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be
submitted during the subsequent 15-day period to September 21, 1994.
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 300 Ala Moana, Suite 4106,
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
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: June 20, 1994.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 94-16606 Filed 7-7-94; 8:45 am]
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