DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Foreign-Trade Zone 56--Oakland,
CA; Application for Subzone Apple Computer
Plant, Fremont, CA
Tuesday, November 19, 1991
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
Board) by the City of Oakland, California, grantee of FTZ 56, requesting
special-purpose subzone status for the electronic data processing and
communications equipment manufacturing plant of Apple Computer, Inc.
(Apple), located in Fremont, Alameda County, 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 November 5, 1991.
Apple is an international producer of personal computers and related
products with annual sales of over $5 billion. It has plants in the United
States, the United Kingdom, and Singapore.
The Apple plant (160,000 sq. ft. bldg. on 20-acre site) is located at 48233
Warm Springs Boulevard, Fremont, California. The facility is used to
produce electronic data processing and communication products including
computers, word processors, printers, displays, telecommunications
equipment, instruments, and other related products and components.
Some of the components are purchased from abroad including computer
processing units, keyboards, disc drives, monitors, flat panel displays,
printers, power supplies, motors, batteries, transformers, circuit boards,
diodes, integrated circuits, resistors, capacitors, switches, optical
fibers, recording media, plastic and rubber parts, glass envelopes,
springs, fasteners, cable and other related computer components and supplies.
Zone procedures would exempt Apple from Customs duty payments on the
foreign components used in products made for export. On domestic sales, the
company wishes to be able to choose the duty rate on the finished products
(0.0-10.0 percent). The rates on components range from 0.0 to 15.0 percent.
The application indicates that zone savings will help improve the
international competitiveness of Apple's Fremont plant.
In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has been
appointed to investigate and report to the Board. The committee consists of
Dennis Puccinelli (Chairman), Foreign Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of
Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; Paul Andrews, District Director, U.S.
Customs Service, Pacific Region, P.O. Box 2450, San Francisco, CA 94126;
and Lt. Colonel Stanley Phernambucq, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer
District San Francisco, 211 Main Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.
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 January 7, 1992.
A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of the
U.S. Department of Commerce, District Office,
Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Avenue,
San Francisco, California 94102.
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, room 3716,
14th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW.,
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: November 13, 1991.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 91-27807 Filed 11-18-91; 8:45 am]