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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE [Docket 38-96] Foreign-Trade Zone 21--Charleston, SC; Request for Manufacturing Authority, Quoizel, Inc., (Lighting Fixtures)
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the South Carolina State Ports Authority, grantee of FTZ 21, requesting authority on behalf of Quoizel, Inc., to manufacture lighting fixtures under zone procedures within FTZ 21, Site 3, Crowfield Corporate Center, Goose Creek, South Carolina. 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 May 8, 1996.
Quoizel is planning to move its headquarters and manufacturing facility to a site located within FTZ 21, Site 3, Crowfield Corporate Center by July 1996. The facility (300 employees) will produce lighting fixtures for households and commercial markets. Some 60 percent of the components are sourced abroad, including lighting fixture parts of glass, plastic, brass and steel. Exports will account for some 10 percent of production.
Zone procedures would exempt Quoizel from Customs duty payments on foreign materials used in manufacturing for export. On domestic sales, the company would be able to choose the duty rates that apply to lighting fixtures (ranging from 3.7% to 7.6%), rather than the duty rates that would otherwise apply to the foreign components (ranging from 4.7% to 13.2%). The application indicates that the savings from zone procedures would help improve the international competitiveness of the Quoizel facility.
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 July 19, 1996. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15- day period (to August 5, 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, 81 St. Mary St., Charleston, South Carolina 29403 Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 3716, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 Dated: May 10, 1996. Dennis Puccinelli, Acting Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 96-12515 Filed 5-17-96; 8:45 am]