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Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 81-96]

Foreign-Trade Zone 168--Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Application for
Subzone B&F Systems, Inc. (Distribution of Consumer Products; Assembly
of Knives) Dallas, TX

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Dallas/Fort Worth Maquila Trade Development Corporation, grantee of FTZ 168, requesting subzone status for the distribution and processing facility of B&F Systems, Inc. (B&F), located in Dallas, Texas. 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 November 6, 1996.

The facility (100,000 sq. ft. on 4 acres; 70 employees) is located at 3920 S. Walton Walker Blvd. in Dallas. It is used to store, test, and distribute a wide range of consumer products, including automotive accessories, briefcases, cameras, cutlery, dinnerware, giftware, jewelry, kitchenware and sporting goods, some of which are sourced from abroad. It is also used for the final assembly of certain products, such as knives. The products are distributed throughout the U.S. and abroad.

The application also requests authority on behalf of B&F to assemble sports knives and collectors knives under zone procedures, using knife blades sourced from abroad (duty rate range 2.6%-5.4%). The application indicates that the company would admit the foreign knife blades into the subzone in privileged foreign status.

Zone procedures would exempt B&F Systems from Customs duty payments on the foreign products that are reexported. On its domestic sales, it would be able to defer Customs duty payments on foreign-sourced items. The application indicates that zone savings would help improve the international competitiveness of the distribution/processing facility.

In accordance with the Board's regulations, a member of the FTZ staff has been appointed 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 January 21, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15- day period (to February 3, 1997).

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 Export Assistance Center, P.O. Box 420069, 2050 N. Stemmons Fwy., Ste 170, Dallas, Texas 75207. Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20230.

Dated: November 8, 1996. John J. Da Ponte, Jr., Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 96-29581 Filed 11-18-96; 8:45 am]