DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Foreign-Trade Zone No. 18--San Jose, CA Area Application for
Subzone Status Cirrus Logic, Inc. (Integrated Circuits) Fremont, CA
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 integrated circuit
distribution facility of Cirrus Logic, Inc., Fremont, California. 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 July 10, 1997.
The Cirrus Logic facility (377,000 sq. ft. on 26 acres, 1,400
employees) is located at 3100 West Warren Ave., Fremont, California,
some 15 miles north of San Jose. It is used for storage, inspection,
testing, packaging and distribution of silicon wafers (HTSUS
8542.13.8005) and integrated circuits (HTSUS 8542.13.8072), which are
used in computers and other electronic products. A portion of the
wafers and integrated circuits are shipped to the plant from abroad,
and some 60 percent of the products shipped from the plant are
FTZ procedures would exempt the facility from possible Customs duty
payments on foreign materials that are exported. On its domestic sales,
Cirrus Logic would be able to defer Customs duty payments until
merchandise is shipped from the plant. It appears that the main purpose
for FTZ procedures is to help the company to implement a more cost-
effective system for handling Customs requirements (including a reduced
Customs merchandise processing fee).
The application indicates that the savings from zone procedures
would help improve the plant's international competitiveness.
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 September 19, 1997. Rebuttal comments in
response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be
submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to October 6, 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 & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20230
U.S. Department of Commerce, Export Assistance Center, 5201 Great
American Pkwy. #456, Santa Clara, CA 95054.
Dated: July 11, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 97-19014 Filed 7-18-97; 8:45 am]
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