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                           DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
			Foreign-Trade Zones Board

                               (Docket 36-92)

   Foreign-Trade Zone 86--Tacoma, WA; Application for Subzone West Coast
           Products, Inc., Arlington, WA (Wood Building Products)

                        Thursday, December 24, 1992

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the 
Board) by the Port of Tacoma, grantee of FTZ 86, requesting special- purpose 
subzone status for export activity at the facilities of West Coast Forest 
Products, Inc. (WCPP) (a subsidiary of Sekisui House, Ltd., Japan) in 
Arlington, Washington, within the Everett 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 December 3, 1992.

The WCFP (28 acres) is located at 19406 68th Drive, NE., Arlington,
Snohomish County, Washington, some 70 miles north of Tacoma. The facility
(90 employees) is used primarily to manufacture wood residential and
commercial construction products, including door and window jambs, ceiling
and wall frames, molding, and flooring. Up to 25 percent of the lumber used
in the manufacturing process is Canadian softwood lumber (HTSUS
4407.10.00). Normally the product is duty- free, but currently a
countervailing duty of 6.51 percent is in effect. Exports account for over
60 percent of total production, and all products manufactured from Canadian
softwood lumber are exported to Japan (95 percent of which go to parent
company Sekisui House, Ltd., Japan's largest construction firm).
Zone procedures would exempt WCFP from payments of the countervailing
duties presently applicable to the Canadian softwood lumber which is used
in its export production. Imports would be subject to such duties. The
savings will help improve the plant's international competitiveness of
increase exports.

In accordance with the Board's regulations (as revised, 56 FR 50790-50808,
10- 8-91), a member of the FTZ Staff has been designated examiner to
investigate the application and report to the Board.

Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions (original
and 3 copies) shall be addressed to the Board's Executive Secretary at the
address below. The closing period for their receipt is February 22, 1993.
Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing
period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period March 8, 1993.
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available for
public inspection at each of the following locations:

Office of the District Director, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, suite 290,
3131 Elliott Avenue, 
Seattle, Washington 98121

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

Dated: December 18, 1992.

John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,

Executive Secretary.

(FR Doc. 92-31326 Filed 12-23-92; 8:45 am)