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last update: September 2002 
(Docket 29-97)

Application for Subzone Status
Conair Corporation Plant
(Small Appliances, Beauty Care Products, Personal Telephones)
East Windsor, New Jersey

	An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by Mercer County, grantee of FTZ 200, requesting subzone status 
for the warehousing/distribution and  repair facility of Conair Corporation 
(Conair), East Windsor, New Jersey.  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 11, 1997.  

	The Conair facility (500,000 sq. ft. on 52-acres) is located at 150 
Milford Road in East Windsor, New Jersey.  Operations conducted under FTZ 
procedures at the facility will include warehousing/distribution, testing, 
repackaging, and service/repair of a variety of consumer products, and in 
some cases this activity will involve reassembly and a change in Customs 
classification of incoming foreign components.  Finished products include:  
electric personal care appliances (e.g., hair dryers/trimmers, massagers, 
heating pads, toothbrushes); beauty care products; small kitchen appliances/
cookware, (e.g., food processors/mixers/grinders, pasta makers, toasters, 
blenders, coffee/espresso makers); and consumer telephones and answering 
machines.  Foreign components that would be used in reassembly/service 
activity include:  plastic handles and knobs, fasteners, knives, fans, 
electric motors, generators, transformers, telephone components, 
microphones, loudspeakers, earphones, resistors, printed circuits, 
switches, diodes, integrated circuits, conductors, insulators, and timing 

	Zone procedures will exempt Conair from Customs duty payments on the 
foreign items used in its exports.  On its domestic sales, the company will 
be able to defer Customs duty payments, and, on the service/repair activity 
that involves the use of foreign components, the company will be able to 
choose the lower Customs duty rates that might apply to finished products 
(range: duty-free - 8.5%).  The rates on the foreign parts used at the 
facility range from duty-free to 12.5 percent.  The applicant indicates 
that zone procedures will help improve the international competitiveness of 
the company's U.S. operations.

	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 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 
[60 days from date of publication].  Rebuttal comments in response to 
material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the 
subsequent 15-day period (to [75 days from date of publication]).

	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 Export Assistance Center
	3131 Princeton Pike, Building 6, Suite 100
	Trenton, New Jersey  08648

	Office of the Executive Secretary
	Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 3716
	U.S. Department of Commerce
	14th & Pennsylvania Aves., NW
	Washington, DC  20230


John J. Da Ponte, Jr.
Executive Secretary