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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           FOREIGN-TRADE ZONES BOARD 
 
                               [Docket No. 48-83] 
 
                                  48 FR 56621 
 
                               December 22, 1983 
 
 
Foreign-Trade Zone 40, Cleveland, Ohio; Application for Subzone; Ford Auto 
Plant, Lorain, Ohio 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority (the Port 
Authority), grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 40, Cleveland, requesting 
special-purpose subzone status for Ford Motor Corporation's automobile 
assembly plant in Lorain, Ohio, adjacent to the Cleveland 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 
December 4, 1983. The applicant is authorized to make this proposal under 
Section 4582.06(f) of the Ohio Revised Code. 
 
   On September 29, 1978, the Board authorized the Port Authority to 
establish a foreign-trade zone project for the Cleveland area (Board Order 
135, 43 FR 46886, 10/11/78). It was expanded on June 18, 1982 (Board Order 
194, 47 FR 27579, 6/25/82). The project currently involves a 600,000 square 
foot multi-purpose building on Cleveland harbor and an international 
exhibition center and industrial complex covering 175 acres adjacent to 
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.  

   The proposed subzone will be located at the Ford plant, 5401 Baumhart 
Road, Lorain. The 212-acre facility employs some 5,400 persons, and 
produces the new, downsized Thunderbird/Cougar model automobile. Though the 
majority of the parts used at the plant are produced domestically, some 3 
percent are dutiable items, such as optional engines and transmissions, and 
electronic parts. Over 7 percent of the finished products are exported. 
 
   Zone procedures will exempt Ford from paying duties on foreign 
components used for its exports. On its domestic sales, the company will be 
able to take advantage of the same duty rate available to importers of 
finished autos. The average duty rate for the foreign components used at 
the Lorain plant is 6.0 percent compared with a 2.8 percent rate for 
finished autos. The savings from zone procedures are expected to 
contribute to Ford's efforts to reduce production costs, helping it compete 
with offshore auto production facilities.  
 
   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: Dennis Puccinelli (Chairman), Foreign-Trade Zones 
Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 20230; John F. Nelson, 
District Director, U.S. Customs Service, North Central Region, 55 Erieview 
Plaza, 6th Floor, Cleveland, OH 44114; and Colonel Robert R. Hardiman, 
District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Buffalo, 1776 Niagara Street, 
Buffalo, NY 14207.  
 
   Comments concerning the proposed 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 January 21, 1984. 
 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 
 
 
U.S. Dept. of Commerce District Office, 
666 Euclid Avenue, Room 600, 
Cleveland, OH 44114; 
 
 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1872, 
14th and Pennsylvania, NW., 
Washington, D.C. 20230.  
 
   Dated: December 16, 1983. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 83-33901 Filed 12-21-83; 8:45 am] 
 
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