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[Federal Register: December 28, 1994]


[Docket 44-94]

Foreign-Trade Zone 46--Cincinnati, Ohio Area; Request for
Manufacturing Authority (Fragrances, Soaps and Costume Jewelry)

    A request has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(FTZB) pursuant to Sec. 400.32(b)(1) of the Board's regulations for
approval of zone manufacturing authority within FTZ 46 by the Greater
Cincinnati Foreign-Trade Zone, Inc., grantee of FTZ 46, on behalf of
Avon Products, Inc. (Avon). It was formally filed on December 19, 1994.
    The proposed zone activity involves the manufacture by Avon of
fragrances, soaps, skin toners and astringents and a type of jewelry.
Fragrance products include finished perfumes and toilet waters (HTSUS
3303.00.10-3303.00.30), beauty preparations (HTSUS 3304.10.00-
3304.99.00), shampoos (HTSUS 3305.10.00-3305.90.00), toothpastes
(3306.10.00-3306.90.00), after-shaves and deodorants (HTSUS 3307.10.10-
3307.90.00). Certain materials and components used in the manufacture
of fragrance products (Chapter 33 HTSUS) are sourced abroad including:
essential oils (HTSUS 3301.11.00-3301.29.50), acyclic alcohols and
their derivatives (HTSUS 2905.22.50-2905.32.00), cyclic alcohols and
their derivatives (HTSUS 2906.21.00-2906.29.50), saturated acyclic
monocarboxylic acids and their derivatives (HTSUS 2915.39.10-
2915.39.40), unsaturated acyclic monocarboxylic acids and their
derivatives (HTSUS 2916.31.20), aldehydes (HTSUS 2912.42.00), and
heterocyclic compounds (HTSUS 2932.21.00). For the manufacture of soap
products, skin toners and astringents (HTSUS 3401 and 3402), the
materials sourced from abroad include: organic surface-active agents
(HTSUS 3402.00.00), saturated acyclic monocarboxylic acids (HTSUS
2915.00.00-2915.70.20), glycerol (HTSUS 1520.10.00-1520.90.00),
unsaturated acyclic monocarboxylic acids (HTSUS 2916.31.10), and
finished soaps (HTSUS 3401.11.00-3401.20.00) and skin toners and
astringents (HTSUS 3304.99.00). For the jewelry items (HTSUS 7117),
components sourced from abroad include: plastic beads and bangles
(HTSUS 3926.90.35). Many products will be packaged in a wide variety of
foreign and domestic packaging materials, including baskets, glass and
plastic bottles and metal containers.
    Zone procedures would exempt Avon from payment of Customs duties on
foreign merchandise used in products made for export. On domestic
sales, the company would be able to choose the duty rate that applies
to finished products (duty-free to 5%). The duty rates on foreign-
sourced items range from duty-free to 23.5%. The application indicates
that zone savings would help improve the international competitiveness
of Avon's plant.
    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 on the application 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 of
their receipt is [60 days from date of publication]. Rebuttal comments
in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be
submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to [75 days from date of
    A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be
available for public inspections at each of the following locations:

U.S. Department of Commerce, 9504 Federal Building, 550 Main St.,
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room
3716, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230

    Dated: December 21, 1994.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 94-31970 Filed 12-27-94; 8:45 am]