DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
55 FR 6027
February 21, 1990
Foreign-Trade Zone 24 -- Wilkes Barre/Scranton, PA; Application for
Subzone; Hershey Candy Plant, Hershey, PA
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Eastern Distribution Center, Inc., International Trade
Center of Pennsylvania, grantee of FTZ 24, requesting special-purpose
subzone status for the candy manufacturing plant of Hershey Foods
Corporation located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, adjacent to the Harrisburg
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 February 12, 1990.
The Hershey plant (25 acres) is located at 19 E. Chocolate Avenue in
Hershey. The facility (3000 employees) is used to produce a variety of
confectionary and related products. The company currently purchases sugar
from domestic sources, and would purchase lower-priced sugar from abroad if
it obtains subzone status.
Zone procedures would exempt Hershey from quota restrictions on foreign
sugar used in the production of non-quota products. The company would also
be exempt from Customs tariffs on the foreign content of its exports.
Products sold in the U.S. market would be subject to quotas and tariffs on
the basis of the finished product. The applicant cites the pending
application for a subzone at the E. J. Brach & Sons candy plant in Chicago
(FTZ Board Docket 19-89, 54 FR 42317, 10/16/89), and states that its basis
for seeking subzone status is to offset the possible competitive advantage
Brach would gain if its proposal is approved.
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, 10 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02222-1056; and Colonel Bernard E.
Stalmann, Jr., District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Baltimore,
P.O. Box 1715, Baltimore, MD 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 April 5, 1990.
A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of
the following locations:
Port Director's Office,
U.S. Customs Service,
Bldg. 135, 2nd Floor/Middletown,
Harrisburg, PA 17057.
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
U.S. Department of Commerce, room 2835
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: February 13, 1990.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 90-3886 Filed 2-20-90; 8:45 am]
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