DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Foreign-Trade Zone 168-Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas; Application
for Foreign-Trade Subzone Status, Ultrak, Inc.; (Closed Circuit
Television Systems) Lewisville, Texas
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones
Board (the Board) by the Dallas/Fort Worth Maquila Trade Development
Corporation, grantee of FTZ 168, requesting special-purpose
subzone status for the closed circuit television system assembly
facility of Ultrak, Inc., located in Lewisville, Texas. 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 August 15, 1997.
Ultrak's facility (14 acres, 150,000 sq. ft.) is located
at 1301 Water's Ridge, Lewisville (Denton County), Texas, some
20 miles north of Dallas. The facility (125 employees) will
be used to assemble and package closed circuit television (CCTV)
systems and accessories, which are used primarily for security
and observation. (Currently, the foreign-sourced components
are classified as ``kits'' under the Customs entireties provision
and are subject to the 5 percent monitor rate.) The CCTV systems
can include the following
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components: cameras, monitors, time lapse video recorders, compact
disc players, turntables, power supplies, camera housings of
steel and aluminum, mounting equipment, positioning devices
and controls, panic and hold up buttons, shock sensors, multiplexers,
switches, processors, flex tubes, junction boxes, cable and
packaging. Some 90 percent of the components are sourced abroad.
Some 5-7 percent of the finished products are exported.
Zone procedures would exempt Ultrak from Customs duty payments
on foreign materials used in production for export. On domestic
shipments, the company would be able to defer duty on the foreign-
sourced components (duty-rates ranging between 1-5%). Foreign
merchandise would also be exempt from state and local ad valorem
taxes. The application indicates that the savings from zone
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 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 October 21, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response to
material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted
during the subsequent 15-day period (to November 5, 1997).
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will
be available for public inspection at each of the following
U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center, 2050 N.
Stemmons Fwy., Suite 170, P.O. Box 420069, Dallas, Texas 75207
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
Room 3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th & Pennsylvania
Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: August 18, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 97-22273 Filed 8-21-97; 8:45 am]
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