DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zone 136--Brevard
County, FL; Application for Subzone, American
Digital Switching Telecommunications and Computer Products Plant,
Tuesday, June 25, 1991
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
Board) by the Canaveral Port Authority, grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 136,
requesting subzone status for the telecommunications and computer products
manufacturing and repair facility of American Digital Switching, Inc. (ADS),
in Melbourne, Florida. 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 June 11, 1991.
The ADS plant (5.08 acres, 27 employees) is located at 4255 Dow Road,
Melbourne, Brevard County, Florida. The facility, established in 1989, is
used to manufacture central office digital switches for telephone systems
and custom-made personal computers. It is also used to repair and refurbish
computers, printed boards, and related products. Certain components for the
switches are sourced abroad, such as printed circuit boards, cables,
frames, and transistors. Components for the assembly of the personal
computers that are sourced from abroad include printed circuit boards, disk
drives, monitors, keyboards, and power supplies. The repair operation uses
a wide range of merchandise sourced from abroad, including the items listed
above as well as microprocessor and memory integrated circuits,
transformers, fans, oscillators, and other electronic components. Some of
the products are re-exported.
Zone procedures would exempt ADS from Customs duty payments on foreign
items used in manufacturing and repair operations for export. On
manufacturing and repair operations for the domestic market, the company
would be able to choose the duty rates for finished computers (3.9%) and
printed circuit boards (5.3%). The duty rate for telephone system switches
is 8.5 percent. Components have duty rates ranging from 0.0 to 5.3 percent.
The application indicates that the zone savings would help improve the
plant'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; Howard Cooperman,
Regional Director for Inspection and Control, U.S. Customs Service,
Southeast Region, 909 SE. First Avenue, Miami, FL 33131; and Colonel Bruce
A. Malson, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Jacksonville, P.O.
Box 4970, Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019.
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 August 9, 1991.
A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of the
U.S. Customs Service,
Port Director's Office,
120 George King Blvd., P.O. Box 513,
Cape Canaveral, Florida 32920.
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, room 3716
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: June 17, 1991.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 91-15079 Filed 6-24-91; 8:45 am]