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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 16-83] 
 
                                  48 FR 22604 
 
                                  May 19, 1983 
 
 
Foreign-Trade Zone 27; Boston, Massachusetts; Application for Subzone at 
General Dynamics Shipbuilding Facility in Quincy 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Massachusetts Port Authority, grantee of Foreign-Trade 
Zone 27 in Boston, for a special-purpose subzone at General Dynamics 
Corporation's shipbuilding facility in Quincy, within the Boston 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 May 
12, 1983. The applicant is authorized to make this proposal under Chapter 
771 of the Acts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1971. 
 
   The subzone involves the shipyard of the Quincy Shipbuilding Division of 
General Dynamics Corporation, located on the west bank of the Weymouth Fore 
River in Quincy. The facility covers 158 acres, including 27 acres on the 
water. It is capable of producing a variety of ocean-going vessels, 
employing up to 5000 persons. Subzone procedures would be initially used 
for a project involving the production of 5 Maritime Prepositioning (TAKX) 
vessels that would be leased to the Navy. The ships will be constructed 
from domestically produced steel. Some of the components for this project 
might be imported, including diesel engines, generators, coolers, gears, 
winches, cranes, valves, lifeboats, anchors, chain, deck fittings, hatch 
covers, hawse pipe, ladders and switchboards. 
 
   Zone procedures will help General Dynamics reduce costs on the TAKX 
project and to compete internationally on bids for other projects. The 
benefits are related to the fact that most of the components are subject 
to significant Customs duties and the finished product, as a seagoing 
vessel, is duty-free.  
 
   In accordance with the Board's regulations an examiners committee has 
been appointed to investigate the application and report to the Board. The 
committee consists of: John J. Da Ponte, Jr. (Chairman), Director, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 
20230; Edward A. Goggin, Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs 
Service, Northeast Region, 100 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210; and 
Colonel Carl B. Sciple, Division Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer Division New 
England, 424 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02254.  
 
   Comments concerning the proposed subzone expansion are invited in 
writing from interested persons and organizations. They should be sent to 
the Board's Executive Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or 
before June 20, 1983.  

   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 

District Directors Office, 
U.S. Dept. of Commerce District Office, 
441 Stuart Street, 10th Floor, 
Boston, Massachusetts 
 
 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1872, 
14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 
Washington, D.C. 20230.  
 
   Dated: May 16, 1983. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.  
[FR Doc. 83-13485 Filed 5-18-83; 8:45 am] 
 
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