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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 37-85] 
                                  50 FR 45137 
                                October 30, 1985 
Foreign-Trade Zone 9, Honolulu, HI; Application for Subzone at Maui Pineapple
Plant, Kahului 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) on behalf of the State of Hawaii, grantee of Foreign-Trade 
Zone 9, by the Hawaii State Department of Planning and Economic Development,
requesting special-purpose subzone status for the pineapple cannery of Maui
Pineapple Co., Ltd., in Kahului, Hawaii, within the Kahului 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 October 
18, 1985. 
   The Maui Pineapple plant is located on Kane Street at Kamehameha Avenue, 
Kahului, Maui. The 32-acre facility employs 900 persons and is used to 
manfuacture tin cans and produce canned pineapple. The fresh pineapple is of
domestic origin. The tin plate used to make the cans has traditionally been 
sourced abroad. Some of the canned pineapple is exported.  
   Zone procedures would allow the company to take advantage of the same 
duty-free treatment that is in effect for foreign producers of canned 
pineapple with respect to tin plate. The duty rate for tin plate is 3.9 
percent, whereas tin cans imported as containers with merchandise are 
dutiable only as part of the value of their contents. In the case of 
pineapple, foreign canners have an even greater cost advantage because the 
duties are specific, based on net weight, and the cans enter duty free. The 
Customs cost savings will help Maui Pineapple improve its international 
competitiveness. The only other domestic pineapple cannery, the Dole 
Processed Food Company facility in Oahu, was recently approved as a 
subzone (Board Order 308, 7/26/85).  
   In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has 
been appointed to investigate the application and report on the Board. The 
committee consists of: Dennis Puccinelli (Chairman), Foreign-Trade Zones 
Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; George Roberts, 
District Director, U.S. Customs Service, Pacific Region, 335 Merchant, 228 
Federal Bldg., P.O. Box 1641, Honolulu, HI 96808; and Colonel Michael M. 
Jenks, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District, Honolulu, Building 
290, Ft. Shafter, HI 96858.  
   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 November 26, 1985. 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations. 

Port Director's Office, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
65 Wharf Street, 
P.O. Box 1458, 
Kahului, HI 96732 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529, 
14th and Pennsylvania, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230  
   Dated: October 23, 1985. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.   
FR Doc. 85-25877 Filed 10-29-85; 8:45 am]