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Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 26-97]

Foreign-Trade Zone 50--Long Beach, CA; Application for Subzone; 
L.A. Gear, Inc. (Casual and Athletic Footwear) Long Beach, CA

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Board of Harbor Commissioners of the City of Long 
Beach, grantee of FTZ 50, requesting subzone status for the footwear 
distribution facility of L.A. Gear, Inc., located in Ontario, 
California, some 40 miles northeast of Long Beach. 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 April 7, 1997.
    The L.A. Gear facility (412,358 sq. ft. on 19.08 acres; 149 
employees) is located at 1661 & 1777 South Vintage Avenue in Ontario. 
It is used to distribute a wide range of casual and athletic shoes, 
most of which are sourced from abroad. The products are distributed 
throughout the U.S. and abroad.
    Zone procedures would exempt L.A. Gear 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 
June 16, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted 
during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-
day period July 1, 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, Joe Sachs, 
Director, One World Trade Center, Ste. 1670, Long Beach, California 
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 
3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th & Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., 
Washington, D.C. 20230

    Dated: April 8, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-9657 Filed 4-14-97; 8:45 am]