(Cite as: 58 FR 44652)
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Foreign-Trade Zone 102--St. Louis, MO; Application for Subzone; Florsheim
Shoe Company, Cape Girardeau, Jefferson City, Kirksville, West Plains, MO
Tuesday, August 24, 1993
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
Board) by the St. Louis County Port Authority, grantee of FTZ 102,
requesting special-purpose subzone status for the manufacturing and
distribution facilities of Florsheim Shoe Company, located in Jefferson
City, Cape Girardeau, Kirksville, and West Plains, Missouri. 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 August 13, 1993.
The proposal involves three manufacturing plants and a distribution center
(1,450 employees). The manufacturing plants are: Site 1 (12.6 acres)--1600
S.W. End Blvd., Cape Girardeau; Site 2 (14.5 acres)--810 E. Shepherd Ave.,
Kirksville; and, Site 3 (3.5 acres)--665 Missouri Avenue, West Plains. The
distribution center (Site 4, 39 acres) is located at 312 Wilson Drive,
Jefferson City. The manufacturing plants are used to produce a variety of
men's and women's leather footwear. Materials are sourced both from the
U.S. and abroad and include leather and shoe parts (uppers, midsoles,
heels). The shoe parts may consist of U.S. and foreign materials. Certain
parts, such as uppers, may be made in foreign countries. The distribution
facility is used to distribute material inputs to the manufacturing plants
as well as distribute finished products.
Zone procedures would exempt Florsheim from Customs duty payments
on the foreign products that are reexported. On domestic sales, the company
would be able to choose the duty rates that apply to the finished products
(5% to 8.5%). The duty rates on foreign-sourced items range from 2.4 to 10
percent. The company is also seeking an exemption from Customs duties on
defective materials and waste materials resulting from the manufacturing
process (est. 20%). The application indicates that zone savings would help
improve the international competitiveness of the company's Missouri plants
and contribute to maintaining domestic production and employment.
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
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
October 25, 1993. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted
during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day
period (to November 8, 1993.).
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available for
public inspection at each of the following locations:
U.S. Department of Commerce District Office,
8182 Maryland Avenue, suite 303;
St. Louis, Missouri 63105.
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, room 3716,
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: August 18, 1993.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
(FR Doc. 93-20461 Filed 8-23-93; 8:45 am)