[Federal Register Volume 66, Number 20 (Tuesday, January 30, 2001)]
[Pages 8194-8195]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 01-2530]



Foreign-Trade Zones Board

[Docket 5-2001]

Foreign-Trade Zone 26--Atlanta, Georgia; Application for Subzone, 
Roper Corporation (Home Appliances), LaFayette, Georgia

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Georgia Foreign-Trade Zone, Inc., grantee of FTZ 26, 
requesting special-purpose subzone status for the manufacturing and 
warehousing facilities of Roper Corporation (Roper), located in 
LaFayette, Georgia. The application was submitted pursuant to the 
provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-

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81u), and the regulations of the Board (15 CFR part 400). It was 
formally filed on January 22, 2001.
    The Roper facility (116 acres, 1,650 employees), is located at 1507 
Broomtown Road, Lafayette, Georgia (Walker County). The facility is 
used for the manufacturing and warehousing of various types of kitchen 
ranges (HTS 8516.60, duty-free). Components and materials sourced from 
abroad (representing about 20% of all parts consumed in manufacturing) 
include: control panels, connectors, microwave oven modules, hinges, 
and thermocouples (HTS 8302.10, 8516.50, 8536.69, 8537.10 and 9025.80, 
duty rate ranges from 1.6% to 3.5%).
    FTZ procedures would exempt Roper from Customs duty payments on the 
foreign components used in export production. On its domestic sales, 
Roper would be able to choose the duty rates during Customs entry 
procedures that apply to finished kitchen ranges (duty-free) for the 
foreign inputs noted above. The request indicates that the savings from 
FTZ procedures would help improve the plant's international 
    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 on the application 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 April 2, 2001. Rebuttal comments in response to 
material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during 
the subsequent 15-day period to April 16, 2001.
    A copy of the application and the accompanying exhibits will be 
available for public inspection at each of the following locations:

U.S. Export Assistance Center, Marquis Two Tower, Suite 200, 285 
Peachtree Center Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303-1229.
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 
4008, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, 
NW., Washington, DC 20230.

    Dated: January 22, 2001.
Dennis Puccinelli,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 01-2530 Filed 1-29-01; 8:45 am]