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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 34-97]

 
Foreign-Trade Zone 138--Columbus, OH; Application for Foreign-
Trade Subzone Status; Globe Metallurgical, Inc. (Ferroalloys and 
Silicon Metals); Beverly, OH

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Rickenbacker Port Authority, grantee of FTZ 138, 
requesting special-purpose subzone status for the ferroalloys and 
silicon metals manufacturing plant of Globe Metallurgical, Inc. (Globe) 
in Beverly, Ohio. 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 21, 1997.
    Globe's plant (235,000 mfg. sq.ft./40 acres) is located at County 
Road 32 on the Muskingum River, in Beverly (Washington County), Ohio, 
some 110 miles southeast of Columbus. The facility (153 employees) 
produces ferroalloys (primarily magnesium ferrosilicon) and silicon 
metals. Some of the materials used in the production process are 
sourced abroad including carbon electrodes, magnesium ingots, calcium 
silicon, calcium barium, and mischmetals. Foreign materials account for 
some 30 percent of the value of total materials. Currently, some 13 
percent of production is exported.
    Globe also plans to source from abroad certain ferrosilicon fines 
(scrap) to be used in new production of magnesium ferrosilicon alloys 
for export. On production of magnesium ferrosilicon alloys for the 
domestic market, the company plans to use domestic ferrosilicon fines.
    Zone procedures would exempt Globe from Customs duty payments on 
foreign materials used in production for export. On domestic shipments 
of silicon metals, the company would be able to defer Customs duty 
payments (duty rate--5.8%) until formal Customs entry is made. On 
domestic shipments of ferrosilicon alloys, the company would be able to 
choose the duty rate that applies to the finished product (1.5%), 
instead of the rates otherwise applicable to the foreign materials 
(duty rates range from 1.9% to 5%). (FTZ regulations require that 
foreign materials subject to antidumping orders be placed in privileged 
foreign status upon admission to a zone or subzone 
(Sec. 400.33(b)(2)).) The application indicates that the savings from 
zone procedures will help improve the international competitiveness of 
the Globe plant and will help increase exports.
    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 7, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted 
during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-
day period (to July 21, 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, 37 North High 
Street, 4th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, Room 3716, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 
Washington, DC 20230.

    Dated: April 28, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-11655 Filed 5-2-97; 8:45 am]
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