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                             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, 
Delaware  
 
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., 
 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 83-22759 Filed 8-17-83; 8:45 am] 
 
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