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[Federal Register: May 18, 1994]



Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket A(32b1)-1-94]

Foreign-Trade Zone 138--Columbus, OH Request for Export 
Manufacturing Authority Columbus Industries, Inc. (Air Filter Elements)

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Rickenbacker Port Authority, grantee of FTZ 138, 
Columbus, Ohio, requesting authority on behalf of Columbus Industries, 
Inc., to manufacture air filter elements under zone procedures for 
export within FTZ 138. 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 29, 1994.
    Columbus Industries plans to manufacture air filter elements used 
in room air purifiers. The primary input is non-woven polypropylene 
film (HTSUS 5911.40, duty rate: 17%), which is sourced from abroad. The 
application indicates that zone procedures would be used only for 
storage and export manufacturing activities.
    Zone procedures would exempt Columbus Industries from Customs duty 
payments on the foreign materials used in export production (over 50% 
of sales). On activity for the domestic market, the company would be 
able to defer duty payments until the foreign merchandise is removed 
from inventory for production. The application indicates that the 
savings from zone procedures would help improve the company'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 17, 1994. Rebuttal comments in 
response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be 
submitted during the subsequent 10-day period to June 27, 1994.
    A copy of the application and the accompanying exhibits will be 
available for public inspection at each of the following location: 
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: May 11, 1994.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 94-12139 Filed 5-17-94; 8:45 am]