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Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 72-97]

Foreign-Trade Zone 32--Miami, Florida Application for Foreign-
Trade Subzone Status; Hewlett-Packard Company (Computer and Related 
Electronic Products) Miami, FL

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Greater Miami Foreign-Trade Zone Inc., grantee of 
FTZ 32, 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 Miami, Florida. The application was 
submitted pursuant to the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 
U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the

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regulations of the Board (15 CFR part 400). It was formally filed on 
September 17, 1997.
    The Hewlett-Packard facilities are located at two sites (765,438 
square feet on 45 acres) in Miami, Florida: Site 1 (21 acres, 313,438 
sq.ft.)--located at 6701/6703 Northwest 7th Street; Site 2 (23 acres, 
452,000 sq.ft. (including a proposed building))--located at 10205 NW 
19th Street and 10200 NW 21st Street.
    The facilities (240 employees) are used for storage, manufacture, 
and distribution for import and export of 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%). (Full zone 
procedures are not being sought for certain linear motion bearings, 
display tubes and parts, optical fiber, or photonic components.)
    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 November 25, 1997. Rebuttal comments in 
response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be 
submitted during the subsequent 15-day period to December 10, 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, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.
U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center, 5600 Northwest 
36th St., Suite 617, Miami, Florida 33166.

    Dated: September 18, 1997.
John J. DaPonte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-25645 Filed 9-25-97; 8:45 am]