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                             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-
Purpose Subzone 
 
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, 
Sec. 1. 
 
   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 
material value.  

   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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