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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 15-96]


Foreign-Trade Zone 75--Phoenix, Arizona; Application for Subzone;
PETsMART, Inc.

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the City of Phoenix, Arizona, grantee of FTZ 75,
requesting special-purpose subzone status for the
warehouse/distribution facility of PETsMART, Inc. (PETsMART), in
Phoenix, Arizona. 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 February 22, 1996.

    PETsMART operates over 250 retail stores in the U.S. that
specialize in pet food, pet supplies and pet services (1995 sales--$1
bil.). It is planning to open stores in Canada, Europe and Latin
America in 1996.

    The proposal calls for subzone status at PETsMART's new regional
warehouse/distribution center (614,000 sq. ft. on 34.4 acres, currently
under construction) at 7600 West Latham Street, Phoenix. The facility
(100 employees) will be used to warehouse and distribute a variety of
pet supplies including: dog and cat toys, collars and leashes, cages,
books, vitamins, and aquatic and equestrian supplies. No requests for
manufacturing authority are being made at this time. The distribution
facility will serve company retail stores in the U.S. and abroad.

    Zone procedures would exempt PETsMART from Customs duty payments on
the foreign items that are reexported. On domestic sales, the company
would be able to defer Customs duty payments until the items are
shipped from the facility. The application indicates that the zone
savings would help improve the facility'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 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
May 10, 1996. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted
during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-
day period (to May 28, 1996).

    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, Phoenix Plaza, Suite 970,
2901 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85012
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room
3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20230.

Dated: February 29, 1996. John J. Da Ponte, Jr., Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 96-5598 Filed 3-8-96; 8:45 am]