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Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 51-97]

Foreign-Trade Zone 207--Richmond, VA; Application For Foreign-
Trade Subzone Status: Hewlett-Packard Company (Computer and Related 
Electronic Products), Richmond, Virginia, Area

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Capital Region Airport Commission, grantee of FTZ 
207, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the manufacturing 
and distribution facilities (computers, printers, measurement devices, 
medical products and related products) of the Hewlett-Packard Company 
(Hewlett-Packard), located in the Richmond, Virginia area. The 
application was submitted pursuant to 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 19, 1997.
    The Hewlett-Packard facilities are located at three sites totaling 
92.4 acres (1,110,270 square feet at completion) in the Richmond, 
Virginia area: Site 1 (52.9 acres, 304,400 sq.ft. plus 293,820 
proposed)--located at 500/600 Liberty Way, Chesterfield County, some 
eight miles south of Richmond; Site 2 (9.6 acres, 142,800 sq.ft.)--5900 
Eastport Boulevard, Henrico County, 2 miles southeast of Richmond; Site 
3 (30 acres, 369,250 sq.ft.)--4830 Eubank Road, Henrico County, 1 mile 
southeast of Richmond.
    The facilities (200 employees) are used for storage, manufacture, 
and distribution for import and export of

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computers and related devices, printers, electronic test and 
measurement devices, electronic medical products, and related 
electronic products and components. A number of components are 
purchased from abroad (an estimated 40% of value on manufactured 
products), including printed circuit boards, silicon wafers, 
rectifiers, integrated circuits, memory modules, CD-ROM drives, disk 
drives, scanners, hard drives, keyboards, monitors/displays (CRT and 
LCD type), LEDs, speakers, microphones, belts, valves, bearings, 
plastic materials, industrial chemicals, sensors, filters, resistors, 
transducers, fuses, plugs, relays, ink cartridges, toner cartridges, 
switches, fasteners, cards, transformers, DC/electric motors, magnets, 
modems, batteries, cabinets, power supplies, cables, copper wire, power 
cords, optical fiber, casters, cases, labels, and packaging materials 
(1997 duty range: free-14.2%).
    Zone procedures would exempt Hewlett-Packard from Customs duty 
payments on foreign components used in export production. On its 
domestic sales, Hewlett-Packard would be able to choose the lower duty 
rate that applies to the finished products (free-13.2%) for the foreign 
components noted above. The application indicates that the savings from 
zone procedures would help improve the plant's international 
    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 three copies) shall be addressed to 
the Board's Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing 
period for their receipt is August 29, 1997. Rebuttal comments in 
response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be 
submitted during the subsequent 15-day period to September 15, 1997.
    A copy of the application and the accompanying exhibits will be 
available for public inspection at each of the following locations:

Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, Room 3716, 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., 
Washington, D.C. 20230
U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center, Suite 550, 704 
East Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219

    Dated: June 20, 1997.
John J. DaPonte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-17053 Filed 6-27-97; 8:45 am]