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Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 52-97]

Foreign-Trade Zone 18--San Jose, California; Application For 
Foreign-Trade Subzone Status: Hewlett-Packard Company (Computer and 
Related Electronic Products); San Jose, California Area

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the City of San Jose, California, grantee of FTZ 18, 
requesting special-purpose subzone status for the manufacturing and 
distribution facilities (computers, printers, measurement devices, 
medical products and related products) of the Hewlett-Packard Company 
(Hewlett-Packard), located in the San Jose, California, area. The 
application was submitted pursuant to 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 June 19, 1997.
    The Hewlett-Packard facilities are located at three sites totaling 
53 acres (1,114,466 square feet) in the San Jose, California area: Site 
1 (30.6 acres, 581,814 sq.ft.)--located at 915 Story Road/935 
McLaughlin Avenue, San Jose (Santa Clara County); Site 2 (12.5 acres, 
276,696 sq.ft.)--located at 18250 Murphy Parkway, Lathrop (San Joaquin 
County); Site 3 (9.9 acres, 255,956 sq.ft.)--located at 5800 Coliseum 
Way, Oakland (Alameda County).
    The facilities (245 employees) are used for storage, manufacture, 
and distribution for import and export of computers and related 
devices, printers, electronic test and measurement devices, electronic 
medical products, and related electronic products and components. A 
number of components are purchased from abroad (an estimated 40% of 
value on manufactured products), including printed circuit boards, 
silicon wafers, rectifiers, integrated circuits, memory modules, CD-ROM 
drives, disk drives, scanners, hard drives, keyboards, monitors/
displays (CRT and LCD type), LEDs, speakers, microphones, belts, 
valves, bearings, plastic materials, industrial chemicals, sensors, 
filters, resistors, transducers, fuses, plugs, relays, ink cartridges, 
toner cartridges, switches, fasteners, cards, transformers, DC/electric 
motors, magnets, modems, batteries, cabinets, power supplies, cables, 
copper wire, power cords, optical fiber, casters, cases, labels, and 
packaging materials (1997 duty range: free-14.2%).
    Zone procedures would exempt Hewlett-Packard from Customs duty 
payments on foreign components used in export production. On its 
domestic sales, Hewlett-Packard would be able to choose the lower duty 
rate that applies to the finished products (free-13.2%) for the foreign 
components noted above. The application indicates that the savings from 
zone procedures would help improve the plant's international 
    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 on the application is invited from interested 
parties. Submissions (original and three copies) shall be addressed to 
the Board's Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing 
period for their receipt is August 29, 1997. Rebuttal comments in 
response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be 
submitted during the subsequent 15-day period to September 15, 1997.
    A copy of the application and the accompanying exhibits will be 
available for public inspection at each of the following locations:

Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, Room 3716, 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., 
Washington, D.C. 20230.
U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center, Suite 1001, 101 
Park Center, San Jose, California 95113

    Dated: June 20, 1997.
John J. DaPonte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-17054 Filed 6-27-97; 8:45 am]