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Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 59-97]

Foreign-Trade Zone No. 18--San Jose, CA Area Application for 
Subzone Status Cirrus Logic, Inc. (Integrated Circuits) Fremont, CA

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the city of San Jose, California, grantee of FTZ 18, 
requesting special-purpose subzone status for the integrated circuit 
distribution facility of Cirrus Logic, Inc., Fremont, California. 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 July 10, 1997.
    The Cirrus Logic facility (377,000 sq. ft. on 26 acres, 1,400 
employees) is located at 3100 West Warren Ave., Fremont, California, 
some 15 miles north of San Jose. It is used for storage, inspection, 
testing, packaging and distribution of silicon wafers (HTSUS 
8542.13.8005) and integrated circuits (HTSUS 8542.13.8072), which are 
used in computers and other electronic products. A portion of the 
wafers and integrated circuits are shipped to the plant from abroad, 
and some 60 percent of the products shipped from the plant are 
    FTZ procedures would exempt the facility from possible Customs duty 
payments on foreign materials that are exported. On its domestic sales, 
Cirrus Logic would be able to defer Customs duty payments until 
merchandise is shipped from the plant. It appears that the main purpose 
for FTZ procedures is to help the company to implement a more cost-
effective system for handling Customs requirements (including a reduced 
Customs merchandise processing fee).
    The application indicates that the savings from zone procedures 
would 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 three copies) shall be addressed to 
the Board's Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing 
period for their receipt is September 19, 1997. Rebuttal comments in 
response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be 
submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to October 6, 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 & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230
U.S. Department of Commerce, Export Assistance Center, 5201 Great 
American Pkwy. #456, Santa Clara, CA 95054.

    Dated: July 11, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-19014 Filed 7-18-97; 8:45 am]