[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 58 (Tuesday, March 26, 2013)]
[Page 18314]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-06933]



Foreign-Trade Zones Board


Foreign-Trade Zone 169--Manatee County, Florida; Application for 
Production Authority; ASO, LLC; Subzone 169A (Textile Fabric Adhesive 
Bandage Coating and Production); Sarasota, Florida

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by ASO LLC (ASO), operator of Subzone 169A, for its 
facility located in Sarasota, Florida. The application conforming to 
the requirements of the regulations of the Board (15 CFR 400.23) was 
docketed on March 19, 2013.
    The ASO facility (270 employees, 31 acres/150,000 square feet) is 
located within Subzone 169A, in Sarasota, Florida. The facility is used 
for the production of plastic and textile fabric adhesive bandages. ASO 
is also proposing to coat foreign uncoated textile fabric under FTZ 
procedures. Production under FTZ procedures could exempt ASO from 
customs duty payments on the foreign textile fabrics used in export 
production. The company anticipates that some four percent of the 
plant's shipments will be exported. On its domestic sales, ASO would be 
able to choose the duty rate during customs entry procedures that 
applies to textile fabric adhesive bandages (duty-free) for the foreign 
inputs noted below. Customs duties also could possibly be deferred or 
reduced on foreign status production equipment. The request indicates 
that the savings from FTZ procedures would help improve the plant's 
international competitiveness.
    Uncoated textile fabrics sourced from abroad (representing some 22% 
of the value of the finished product) include the following: 100% 
polyester, 100% cotton dyed plain weave, and 62% cotton/38% polyester 
plain weave (duty rates range from 7 to 12%).
    In accordance with the Board's regulations, Diane Finver of the FTZ 
Staff is designated examiner to evaluate and analyze the facts and 
information presented in the application and case record and to report 
findings and recommendations to the Board.
    Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions 
shall be addressed to the Board's Executive Secretary at the address 
below. The closing period for their receipt is May 28, 2013. Rebuttal 
comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period 
may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period to June 10, 2013.
    A copy of the application will be available for public inspection 
at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
Room 21013, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20230-0002, and in the ``Reading Room'' section of the 
Board's Web site, which is accessible via www.trade.gov/ftz.
    For further information, contact Diane Finver at 
Diane.Finver@trade.gov (202) 482-1367.

    Dated: March 21, 2013.
Andrew McGilvray,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2013-06933 Filed 3-25-13; 8:45 am]