Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 90-Syracuse, New York; Notification of Proposed Production Activity; PPC Broadband, Inc. (Fiber Optic Cables); Dewitt, New York

Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 201 (Friday, October 16, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 201 (Friday, October 16, 2020)]
[Pages 65790-65791]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2020-22954]
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 90--Syracuse, New York; Notification of
Proposed Production Activity; PPC Broadband, Inc. (Fiber Optic Cables);
Dewitt, New York
 PPC Broadband, Inc. (PPC Broadband) submitted a notification of
proposed production activity to the FTZ Board for its facility in
Dewitt, New York. The notification conforming to the requirements of
the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR 400.22) was received on
October 8, 2020.
 PPC Broadband already has authority to produce hardline coaxial
cables within Subzone 90C. The current request would add finished
products and foreign status components to the scope of authority.
Pursuant to 15 CFR 400.14(b), additional FTZ authority would be limited
to the specific foreign-status components and specific finished
products described in the submitted notification (as described below)
and subsequently authorized by the FTZ Board.
 Production under FTZ procedures could exempt PPC Broadband from
customs duty payments on the foreign-status materials/components used
in export production. On its domestic sales, for the foreign-status
materials/components noted below and in the existing scope of
authority, PPC Broadband would be able to choose the duty rates during
customs entry procedures that apply to fiber optic cables and fiber
optic terminated jumpers or patchcords (duty-free). PPC Broadband would
be able to avoid duty on foreign-status components which become scrap/
waste. Customs duties also could possibly be deferred or reduced on
foreign-status production equipment.
 The materials/components sourced from abroad include: Tight
buffered fibers; aramid yarn, swellcoat blockers or equivalent; polymer
pocan polybutylene terephthalate, crastin or equivalent; copper tone
wires (0.182 mm); talc--magsil diamond; and, fiber optic connectors
(duty rate ranges from duty-free to 8%). The request indicates that
aramid yarn and swellcoat blockers or equivalent will be admitted to
the zone in privileged foreign status (19 CFR 146.41), thereby
precluding inverted tariff benefits on such items. The request also
indicates that certain components are subject to duties under Section
301 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Section 301), depending on the country
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of origin. The applicable Section 301 decisions require subject
merchandise to be admitted to FTZs in privileged foreign status.
 Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions
shall be addressed to the Board's Executive Secretary and sent to:
[email protected]. The closing period for their receipt is November 25,
 A copy of the notification will be available for public inspection
in the ``Reading Room'' section of the Board's website, which is
accessible via
 For further information, contact Christopher Wedderburn at
[email protected] or (202) 482-1963.
 Dated: October 13, 2020.
Andrew McGilvray,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2020-22954 Filed 10-15-20; 8:45 am]