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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
[Docket 15-97]
 
Foreign-Trade Zone 39--Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Application for 
Subzone Fossil Partners L.P. (Watches, Sun Glasses and Leather Goods); 
Dallas, TX

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board, 
grantee of FTZ 39, requesting subzone status for the distribution 
facility of Fossil Partners L.P. (Fossil), located in Richardson, 
Texas, some 8 miles north of Dallas. 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 March 12, 1997.
    The Fossil facility (156,000 sq. ft. on 20.41 acres; 437 employees) 
is located at 2280 North Greenville Avenue in Richardson. It is used to 
distribute a wide range of consumer products, including fashion watches 
and accessories, sunglasses and leather goods, some of which are 
sourced from abroad (duty rate range--2.6%-14%). The products are 
distributed throughout the U.S. and abroad.
    Zone procedures would exempt Fossil 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 merchandise that is 
sourced from abroad. The application indicates that zone savings would 
help improve the international competitiveness of the 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 
May 20, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted 
during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-
day period June 4, 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: March 13, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-7239 Filed 3-20-97; 8:45 am]
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