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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                                 [Docket 30-90] 
 
                                  55 FR 31413 
 
                                 August 2, 1990 
 
   Foreign-Trade Zone 24 -- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA, Application for 
Subzone, Jewelcor Watch Distribution and Assembly Facility, Exeter, PA  
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Eastern Distribution Center, Inc., grantee of FTZ 24, 
requesting special-purpose subzone status for the watch distribution and 
assembly facility of Jewelcor, Inc., located in Exeter, Pennsylvania. 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 2, 1990. 
 
   The Jewelcor plant (2.6 acres) is located at Erie and Susquehana Avenue, 
Exeter (Luzerne County). The facility (170 employees) is used to distribute 
foreign-made watches to both domestic and foreign markets. Some of the 
watches have straps and bezels added at the plant prior to distribution.  
 
   Zone procedures would exempt Jewelcor from payment of Customs duties on 
foreign products that are reexported. On its domestic sales, the company is
seeking to defer the payment of Customs duties until the products leave the
plant, and it has indicated a willingness to accept a restriction that 
would require privileged foreign status on all foreign merchandise admitted 
to the proposed subzone. (The duty rates for watches and parts normally 
range from 2.8 to 14.0%.) The applicant indicates that the zone savings 
would help the company's international competitiveness. 
 
   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), Foreign-Trade Zones 
Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; Edward A. Goggin, 
Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service, Northeast 
Region, suite 801, 10 Causeway Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02222; and 
Colonel Frank Finch, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District 
Baltimore, P.O. Box 1715, Baltimore, Maryland 21203. 
 
   Comments concerning the proposed subzone are invited in writing from 
interested parties. They should be addressed to the Board's Executive 
Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before September 
17, 1990.  
 
   A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available 
during this time for public inspection at each of the following locations:
 
 
Port Director's Office, U.S. Customs Service, 
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, 
Avoca, Pennsylvania 18641. 

Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 
14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., room 2835, 
Washington, DC 20230.  
 
   Dated: July 26, 1990. 
 
 
Dennis Puccinelli, 
 
   Acting Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 90-17976 Filed 8-01-90; 8:45 am] 
 
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