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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 36-97]

 
Foreign-Trade Zone 90--Onondaga County, NY; Application for 
Expansion and Request for Export Manufacturing Authority M.S. 
Pietrafesa, L.P. (Tailored Apparel for Export)

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the County of Onondaga, New York, grantee of FTZ 90, 
requesting authority to expand its zone at the Woodard Industrial Park, 
and requesting authority, on behalf of M.S. Pietrafesa, L.P., to 
manufacture tailored apparel for export under zone procedures within 
FTZ 90, Onondaga County, New York (Syracuse 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 April 23, 1997.
    FTZ 90 was approved on November 4, 1983 (Board Order 232, 48 FR 
52107; 11/16/83). The zone currently consists of 21 acres within the 
2,000-acre Woodard Industrial Area on Steelway Boulevard in the town of 
Clay, New York, some 5 miles from the Syracuse-Hancock International 
Airport.
    The applicant is now requesting authority to expand and reorganize 
the zone by deleting 15 acres of the northeastern portion of the 
current zone site and adding two new parcels (16 acres) located along 
Morgan Road, contiguous to the southwestern boundary of the current 
site, Liverpool, New York. The new site is owned and will be operated 
by M.S. Pietrafesa, L.P.
    The application also requests authority on behalf of M.S. 
Pietrafesa, L.P. (MSPLP) to manufacture men's and women's apparel under 
zone procedures for export only within FTZ 90. The MSPLP plant (143,000 
sq. ft. on 10 acres) is used to manufacture designer tailored men's and 
women's suits, blazers, and trousers (Ralph Lauren, Coach brands) for 
the U.S. market and export. The proposal calls for the cutting and 
sewing of foreign-origin wool, wool/silk, silk/linen, and linen fabrics 
into the tailored apparel products noted above, which would be 
reexported to overseas markets. None of the foreign-origin fabric 
processed under FTZ procedures would be entered for U.S. consumption.
    FTZ procedures would exempt MSPLP from quota requirements and 
Customs duty payments on the foreign fabric used in the production of 
tailored apparel for export. The application indicates that FTZ 
procedures will help improve the plant's international competitiveness.
    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 on the application 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 July 14, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response to 
material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during 
the subsequent 15-day period (to July 29, 1997).
    A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be 
available for public inspection at each of the following locations:

Office of the Port Director, U.S. Customs Service, Hancock 
International Airport, 4034 S. Service Road, Syracuse, NY 13212
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, Room 3716, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, 
NW., Washington, DC 20230.


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    Dated: May 7, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-12798 Filed 5-14-97; 8:45 am]
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