(Cite as: 58 FR 41709)
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Foreign-Trade Zone 79--Tampa, Florida, Application for Subzone, Group
Technologies Corporation Plant, (Electronic /Computer/Communication
Equipment), Tampa, FL
Thursday, August 5, 1993
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
Board) by the City of Tampa, Florida, grantee of FTZ 79, requesting special-
purpose subzone status for the electronic/computer/telecommunication
equipment manufacturing facility of Group Technologies Corporation (GTC) in
Tampa, 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
July 26, 1993.
The GTC facility (38, acres) is located at 10901 Malcolm McKinley Drive,
Tampa, Florida. The facility (850 employees) is used to produce a range of
electronic equipment, including printed circuit board assemblies, power
supplies, computers and components, telecommunication and communication
security equipment, avionics, medical equipment, and testing equipment.
While GTC has been a supplier primarily to U.S. government agencies, it is
shifting towards commercial markets to compensate for reductions in
The company purchases or will purchase certain parts and materials from
abroad, including telephones, computer cathode ray tubes, monitors, liquid
crystal displays, flat panel displays, disc drives, tape drives, modems,
circuit boards, capacitors, resistors, transistors, integrated circuits,
diodes, and aluminum housings.
Zone procedures would exempt GTC from Customs duty payments on foreign
materials used in production for export. On domestic sales, the company
would be able to choose the duty rates that apply to the finished products
(3.9 to 8.5%). The duty rates on foreign-source components range from
duty-free to 10 percent. The application indicates that zone savings will
help improve the plant's international competitiveness.
In accordance with the Board's regulations, a member of the FTZ Staff has
been designated examiner to investigate the application and report to the
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 October 4, 1993.
Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing
period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to October 19,
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available for
public inspection at each of the following locations:
Port Director's Office,
U.S. Customs Service,
2203 N. Lois Avenue,
Tampa, FL 33601.
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 3716,
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: July 28, 1993.
Acting Executive Secretary.
(FR Doc. 93-18751 Filed 8-4-93; 8:45 am)
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