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                           DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

    			Foreign-Trade Zones Board

                               [Docket 54-91]

        			Foreign-Trade Zone
         81--Portsmouth, NH; Application for Subzone ABB Combustion
          Engineering Nuclear Power Equipment Plant, Newington, NH

                          Tuesday, October 1, 1991

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the 
Board) by the New Hampshire State Port Authority, grantee of FTZ 81, 
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, requesting special-purpose subzone status for 
the industrial/nuclear equipment manufacturing plant of Asea Brown Boveri 
Combustion Engineering (ABBCE) (subsidiary of ABB Asea Brown Boveri Group, 
Switzerland), located in Newington, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. 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 September 18, 1991.

The plant (10 acres; 30,000 sq. ft.) is located at 55 Old Dover Road (north
of Woodbury Avenue) in Newington, New Hampshire, two miles west of
Portsmouth. The facility (130 employees) is used to manufacture nuclear
reactor vessel internals (core support barrels, surveillance capsules, fuel
assemblies) and control equipment, reactor coolant pumps, condensers, and
spent fuel storage racks. The finished equipment is sold to domestic and
foreign electric utility, petrochemical and defense/aerospace companies.
Some of the components for the reactor coolant pumps are sourced abroad,
including thrust bearing assemblies, impellers, diffusers, pump casings,
seal housing assemblies and support skirts (HTS 8413.91.9090-6). The
components are dutiable at 3 percent ad valorem, as are the finished
reactor coolant pumps.

Zone procedures would exempt ABBCE from Customs duty payments on the
foreign components used in its exports. On its domestic sales, the company
would be able to defer Customs duty payments until the finished pumps are
shipped from the plant. The applicant indicates that zone savings will
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: John J. Da Ponte, Jr. (Chairman), Director,
Foreign-Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 
20230; Victor G. Weeren, Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs 
Service, Northeast Region, 10 Causeway Street, suite 801, Boston, 
Massachusetts 02222-1056; and, Col. Philip Harris, Division Engineer, U.S. 
Army Engineer Division New England Division, 424 Trapelo Road, Waltham, 
Massachusetts 02254-9149. Comments concerning the proposed foreign-trade 
subzone are invited from interested parties. They should be addressed to 
the Board's Executive Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or 
before November 29, 1991.

A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available for
public inspection at each of the following locations:
U.S. Customs Service, 
Federal Building, room 103; 
80 Daniel Street,
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801.

Office of the Executive Secretary; 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board; 
U.S. Department of Commerce, room 3716;
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.

Dated: September 25, 1991.

John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,

Executive Secretary.

[FR Doc. 91-23622 Filed 9-30-91; 8:45 am]