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Office of the United States Trade Representative.
Under the United States-Israel Free Trade Area Implementation Act (IFTA Act), products of qualifying industrial zones encompassing portions of Israel and Jordan or Israel and Egypt are eligible to receive duty-free treatment. Effective upon publication of this notice, the United States Trade Representative, pursuant to authority delegated by the President, is designating Zarqa Industrial Zone as a qualifying industrial zone (QIZ) under the IFTA Act and expanding the already-designated QIZ area of the Ad-Dulayl Industrial Park.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Edmund Saums, Director for Middle East Affairs, (202) 395-4987, Office of the United States Trade Representative, 600 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Pursuant to authority granted under section 9 of the United States-Israel Free Trade Area Implementation Act of 1985 (IFTA Act), as amended (19 U.S.C. 2112 note), Presidential Proclamation 6955 of November 13, 1996 (61 FR 58761) proclaimed certain tariff treatment for goods of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Qualifying Industrial Zones. In particular, the Presidential Proclamation modified general notes 3 and 8 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States: (a) To provide duty-free treatment to qualifying articles that are the product of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip or a qualifying industrial zone and are entered in accordance with the provisions of section 9 of the IFTA Act; (b) to provide that articles of Israel may be treated as though they were articles directly shipped from Israel for the purposes of the United States-Israel Free Trade Area Agreement (“the Agreement”) even if shipped to the United States from the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, or a qualifying industrial zone, if the articles otherwise meet the requirements of the Agreement; and (c) to provide that the cost or value of materials produced in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, or a qualifying industrial zone may be included in the cost or value of materials produced in Israel under section 1(c)(i) of Annex 3 of the Agreement and that the direct costs of processing operations performed in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, or a qualifying industrial zone may be included in the direct costs of processing operations performed in Israel under section 1(c)(ii) of Annex 3 of the Agreement.
Section 9(e) of the IFTA Act defines a “qualifying industrial zone” as an area that “(1) encompasses portions of the territory of Israel and Jordan or Israel and Egypt; (2) has been designated by local authorities as an enclave where merchandise may enter without payment of duty or excise taxes; and (3) has been specified by the President as a qualifying industrial zone.” Presidential Proclamation 6955 delegated to the United States Trade Representative the authority to designate qualifying industrial zones.
The United States Trade Representative has previously designated qualifying industrial zones under Section 9 of the IFTA Act on March 13, 1998 (63 FR 12572), March 19, 1999 (64 FR 13623), October 15, 1999 (64 FR 56015), October 24, 2000 (65 FR 64472), and December 12, 2000 (65 FR 77688).
The Government of Israel and the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan agreed in a protocol dated March 1, 2001 to the designation of Hillwood-Hashemite University LLC, registered under the name of Global Investments in Industrial Zones & Technology Parks Company (“Zarqa Industrial Zone”), as a qualifying industrial zone. The Government of Israel and the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan also agreed in a protocol dated March 1, 2001 to the expansion of the already-designated QIZ area of the Ad-Dulayl Industrial Park. The Government of Israel and the Government of Jordan further agreed that merchandise may enter, without payment of duty or excise taxes, areas under their respective customs control in association with the Zarqa Industrial Zone and Ad-Dulayl Industrial Park qualifying industrial zones. Accordingly, the Zarqa Industrial Zone and Ad-Dulayl Industrial Park meet the criteria under paragraphs 9(e)(1) and (2) of the IFTA Act.
Therefore, pursuant to the authority delegated to me by Presidential Proclamation 6955, I hereby designate the Zarqa Industrial Zone and the expanded Ad-Dulayl Industrial Park, as Start Printed Page 32661established by the March 1, 2001 Amending Protocols to the Agreement Between the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Government of the State of Israel on Irbid Qualifying Industrial Zone, as qualifying industrial zones under section 9 of the IFTA Act, effective upon the date of publication of this notice, applicable to goods shipped from these qualifying industrial zones after such date.Start Signature
Robert B. Zoellick,
United States Trade Representative.
[FR Doc. 01-15177 Filed 6-14-01; 8:45 am]
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