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[Federal Register: April 4, 1995 (Volume 60, Number 64)]
[Page 17052]
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Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 9-95]

Foreign-Trade Zone 93, Triangle J Council of Governments;
Application for Subzone: AT&T/Custom Manufacturing Services
(Telecommunication and Computer Products) Whitsett, NC (Greensboro

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Triangle J Council of Governments, grantee of FTZ
93, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the telecommunication
and computer products manufacturing plant of Custom Manufacturing
Services (CMS), (subsidiary of AT&T Corporation) in Whitsett (Guilford
County), North Carolina, adjacent to the Greensboro 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
March 27, 1995).
    The CMS facility (3 buildings/210,000 sq. ft. on 19 acres) is
located at 6537 Judge Adams Road, Whitsett, North Carolina, 10 miles
east of Greensboro. The facility (400 employees) is used to produce a
variety of telecommunications and computer products, components and
subassemblies. Telecommunication products include encryption devices,
speech compression devices, cellular handsets and network equipment,
ATM and digital conferencing switches, optical and voice recognition
circuit packs, teleconferencing bridges and routers, and power
equipment for voice and data transmission. Computer products include
signal processing computers, local-area network (LAN)/ wide-area
network (WAN) equipment, workstations, high resolution terminals,
printers, portable copiers, optical disk drives, disk array
controllers, and memory modules. Most of the products are manufactured
under contract for other AT&T plants and for other telecommunication
and computer product manufacturers.
    Foreign components currently account for 15 percent of material
used in production. Items sourced from abroad include cable assemblies,
computer parts and subassemblies, dial pad assemblies, computer
monitors and displays, sheet glass, semiconductors, integrated
circuits, keypads, LCDs (liquid crystal displays), LEDs (light emitting
diodes), microphones, power supplies, printed circuit assemblies,
printed wiring boards, ringers, speakers, switches, rectifiers,
resistors, transformers, transistors, capacitors, connectors, diodes,
and hardware, including screws and bolts.
    Zone procedures would exempt CMS from Customs duty payments on
foreign components used in production for export. On domestic sales,
the company would be able to choose the duty rate that applies to the
finished product (duty rates, duty-free to 8.5%). The duty rates on
foreign components range from duty-free to 10 percent. The application
indicates that zone procedures will improve the plant's international
competitiveness and will help increase exports.
    In accordance with the Board's regulations, a member of the FTZ
Staff has been designated examiner to investigate the application and
report to the Board.
    Public comment 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
June 5, 1995. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted
during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-
day period (to June 18, 1995).
    A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be
available for public inspection at each of the following locations:

U.S. Department of Commerce District Office, 400 West Market Street,
Suite 400, Greensboro, North Carolina 27401.
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S.
Department of Commerce, Room 3716, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20230.

    Dated: March 28, 1995.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 95-8192 Filed 4-3-95; 8:45 am]