DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 16-82]
47 FR 35543
August 16, 1982
Foreign-Trade Zone 31, Granite City, Illinois; Application for Special-
TEXT: Notice is hereby given that an application has been submitted to the
Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Tri-City Regional Port
District, grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 31, requesting a special-purpose
subzone for Chrysler Corporation's St. Louis auto assembly plant located
in Fenton, Missouri, within the St. Louis Customs port of entry. 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 July 30, 1982. The Port
District was created to promote commerce in the St. Louis metropolitan
area and is authorized to make this proposal under Illinois P.A. 79-613,
Foreign-Trade Zone 31 was authorized by the Board on September 6, 1977
(Board Order 122, 42 FR 46568, 9/16/77). The zone consists of a 47-acre site
within the 127-acre Tri-City Industrial Center, adjacent to the Chain of
Rocks Canal and within the St. Louis Customs port of entry. Zone operations
began in April 1981, at a nearby warehouse which has been given temporary
zone status while construction is completed at the permanent site.
The applicant requests subzone status for Chrysler's St. Louis Assembly
Plant located at 1001 North Highway Drive, Fenton, Missouri. The subzone
would cover 107 acres of the main manufacturing area within the 341-acre
complex. Plant operations include machining, welding, finishing and final
assembly of passenger cars. Parts and components are received frrom other
Chrysler plants and from domestic and foreign suppliers. Imported
components, primarily engines, account for roughly 30 percent of total
Zone procedures will allow Chrysler to export finished autos without
paying duties on foreign parts and material. On its domestic sales the
company will be able to take advantage of the duty rate applicable to
finished autos, which is 2.8 percent compared to 3.7 percent for engines.
This will assist Chrysler in competing with offshore plants, helping to
maintain operations at the 3000-worker St. Louis plant.
In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has
been appointed to investigate the application and report thereon to the
Board. The committee consists of Dennis Puccinelli (Chairman),
Foreign-Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
20230; William L. Duncan, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, Region
IX, 120 South Central Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63105; and Colonel Robert
J. Dacey, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District St. Louis, 210
Tucker Blvd. North, St. Louis, Missouri 63101.
Comments concerning the propsoed subzone are invited in writing from
interested persons and organizations. They should be addressed to the
Board's Executive Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or
before September 8, 1982.
A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of
the following locations:
U.S. Dept. of Commerce District Office,
120 South Central Avenue,
St. Louis, Missouri 63105
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce,
14th and Pennsylvania NW., Room 3721,
Washington, D.C. 20230.
Date: August 10, 1982.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board.
[FR Doc. 82-22238 Filed 9-13-82; 8:45 am]
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