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Foreign-Trade Zones Board  

[DOCKET 66-97] 

Foreign-Trade Zone 168-Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas; Application 
for Foreign-Trade Subzone Status, Ultrak, Inc.; (Closed Circuit 
Television Systems) Lewisville, Texas  

   An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones 
Board (the Board) by the Dallas/Fort Worth Maquila Trade Development 
Corporation, grantee of FTZ 168, requesting special-purpose 
subzone status for the closed circuit television system assembly 
facility of Ultrak, Inc., located in Lewisville, Texas. 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 August 15, 1997.  
   Ultrak's facility (14 acres, 150,000 sq. ft.) is located 
at 1301 Water's Ridge, Lewisville (Denton County), Texas, some 
20 miles north of Dallas. The facility (125 employees) will 
be used to assemble and package closed circuit television (CCTV) 
systems and accessories, which are used primarily for security 
and observation. (Currently, the foreign-sourced components 
are classified as ``kits'' under the Customs entireties provision 
and are subject to the 5 percent monitor rate.) The CCTV systems 
can include the following 

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components: cameras, monitors, time lapse video recorders, compact 
disc players, turntables, power supplies, camera housings of 
steel and aluminum, mounting equipment, positioning devices 
and controls, panic and hold up buttons, shock sensors, multiplexers, 
switches, processors, flex tubes, junction boxes, cable and 
packaging. Some 90 percent of the components are sourced abroad. 
Some 5-7 percent of the finished products are exported.  
   Zone procedures would exempt Ultrak from Customs duty payments 
on foreign materials used in production for export. On domestic 
shipments, the company would be able to defer duty on the foreign-
sourced components (duty-rates ranging between 1-5%). Foreign 
merchandise would also be exempt from state and local ad valorem 
taxes. The application indicates that the savings from zone 
procedures will 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 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 October 21, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response to 
material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted 
during the subsequent 15-day period (to November 5, 1997).  
   A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will 
be available for public inspection at each of the following 
U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center, 2050 N. 
  Stemmons Fwy., Suite 170, P.O. Box 420069, Dallas, Texas 75207 
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
  Room 3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th & Pennsylvania 
  Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230. 

   Dated: August 18, 1997. 

John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
Executive Secretary. 

[FR Doc. 97-22273 Filed 8-21-97; 8:45 am]