DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 29-83]
48 FR 37502
August 18, 1983
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone, Wilmington and Kent County, Delaware;
Application for Subzone at Apparel Plant of J. Schoeneman Co., Wilmington,
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the State of Delaware through the Delaware Development
Office requesting subzone status for the Wilmington Division of J.
Schoeneman Company, a division of Cluett, Peabody and Company, Inc., in
Wilmington, Delaware, within the WilMington 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 July 28, 1983. The
applicant is authorized to make this proposal under Chapter 75, Title 6 of
the Delaware Code.
The State of Delaware submitted an application to the Board for a
general-purpose foreign-trade zone on April 5, 1983 (Docket 9-83 , 48 FR
16927, 4/20/83). A public hearing was held on the proposal on May 4.
The proposed subzone for Schoeneman will involve two sites covering 5
acres in Wilmington. The first site is the company's main facility covering
3 acres at 9 Vandever Avenue. The second location is a nearby annex
covering 2 acres at 1 1/2 East 22nd Street. The company uses these
facilities to receive both foreign and domestic wool and polyester piece
goods; to inspect, measure and sponge the fabric; to cut the piece goods;
and to ship the cut parts to other company plants to be sewn into men's and
women's suits, pants and skirts. A sewing operation is being planned at the
Wilmington facility to produce men's and women's clothing for export. The
application requests zone procedures for the storage and processing of the
piece goods prior to manufacture, and for cutting and sewing for export.
Entry would be made on merchandise destined for the domestic market before
any cutting or sewing occurs.
Zone procedures will exempt the company from duty payments on material
used in export operations, and to defer duty on imported piece goods, some
of which have duty rates of over 38 percent. These savings will help the
company compete with imports in the domestdic market and to expand its
export sales, which could result in adding up to 100 jobs to the plant's
current workforce of 350 persons.
In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has
been appointed to investigate the application and report to the Board. The
committee consists of: Dennis Puccinelli (Chairman), Director,
Foreign-Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
20230; Edward A. Goggin, Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs
Service, Northeast Region, 100 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02110; and Lt.
Colonel Roger L. Baldwin, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District
Philadelphia, 2nd and Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106.
Comments concerning the proposed subzone are invited in writing from
interested persons and organizations. They should be addressed to the
Board's Executive Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or
before September 26, 1983.
A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of
the following locations:
Port Director's Office,
U.S. Customs Service,
New Federal Building,
844 King Street, Room 1218 F,
Wilmington, DE 19801
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1872,
14th and Pennsylvania, NW.,
Washington, D.C. 20230
Dated: August 11, 1983.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 83-22759 Filed 8-17-83; 8:45 am]
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