DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Foreign-Trade Zone 50--Long
Beach, California; Application for Subzone
Datatape Tape Recording Equipment Plant, Pasadena, CA
Wednesday, June 5, 1991
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
Board) by the Board of Harbor Commissioners of the City of Long Beach,
California, grantee of FTZ 50, requesting special-purpose subzone status
for the tape recording equipment manufacturing plant of Datatape
Incorporated (Datatape) (subsidiary of the Eastman Kodak Company) located
in Pasadena, California. 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 May 24, 1991.
The Datatape plant (17 acres) is located at 360 Sierra Madre Villa Avenue
in Pasadena, California, some 15 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The
facility employs 660 persons and is used to manufacture magnetic tape
recording equipment including rotary-head digital recorders, flight
recorders, high density digital cassette tape recorders, and computer data
mass-storage systems. Some 18 percent of its components are foreign
sourced, including tape transports, cassette recorders, recorder parts and
accessories, magnetic tape, switching apparatus, printed circuit boards,
electric motors, and fasteners. Currently, 13 percent of the finished
equipment is exported.
Zone procedures would exempt Datatape from Customs duty payments on the
foreign components used in equipment produced for export. On sales to the
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the company would be able to enter the
products duty free under the provisions of Harmonized Tariff System Chapter
98, Subchapter VIII. On other domestic sales, the company would be able to
choose the duty rate that applies to finished tape recording equipment (3.7
percent). The duty rates on most components range from 3.7 to 3.9 percent.
The application indicates that zone savings will help improve Datatape's
international competitiveness and increase export sales.
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; John Heinrich,
District Director, U.S. Customs Service, Pacific Region, Room 2017, 300
South Ferry Street, Terminal Island, San Pedro, California 90731; and,
Colonel Charles S. Thomas, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District
Los Angeles, P.O. Box 2711, Los Angeles, California 90053-2325.
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 July 22, 1991.
A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of the
Office of the District Director,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 800,
11777 San Vincente Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90049.
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce,
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 3716,
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: May 30, 1991.
Acting Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 91-13241 Filed 6-4-91; 8:45 am]