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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 10-84] 
 
                                  49 FR 10136 
 
                                 March 19, 1984 
 
 
Foreign-Trade Zone 37, Orange County, New York; Application for Subzone, GM 
Auto Plant, North Tarrytown, New York 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the board) by Orange County, New York, grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 37, 
requesting special-purpose subzone status for General Motors Corporation's 
(GM) automobile assembly plant in North Tarrytown, New York, adjacent to 
the New York City 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 borad (15 CFR Part 400). It 
was formally filed on March 7, 1984. The applicant is authorized to make 
this proposal under Chapter 156, Session Laws of New York of 1975. 
 
   On May 4, 1978, the Board authorized the County to establish a foreign-
trade zone in the Orange County, New York area (Board Order 130, 43 FR 
20526, 5/12/78). The project involves a site at Stewart Airport and one at
an industrial park.  

   The proposed subzone is located at GM's North Tarrytown plant, which 
covers 96 acres at 199 Beckman Avenue. The facility, which employs some 
2600 workers, produces Chevrolet Citation, Pontiac Phoenix, and Buick 
Skylark model automobiles. Although most of the parts and material used 
at the plant are produced domestically, about 5 percent of the components 
are imported, including engines, seat covers, solenoids, wiring harness 
assemblies and radios. Some 8.5 percent of the finished autos are exported.
 
   Zone procedures will exempt GM from paying duties on foreign components 
used on its exports. On its domestic sales the company will be able to defer 
duty and to take advantage of the same duty rate available to importers of 
finished autos. The estimated average duty rate on the foreign components 
used by GM is 4.2 percent whereas the rate for finished autos is 2.7 
percent. The reduction of Customs costs is part of GM's overall program to 
modernize and reduce costs at its U.S. assembly plants, making them more 
competitive with auto assembly facilities offshore. 
 
   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 Martuge, 
Area Director, U.S. Customs Service, New York Region, Room 423, 6 World 
Trade Center, New York, New York, 10048; and Colonel F. H. Griffis, 
District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District New York, 26 Federal Plaza, 
New York, New York 10278.  
 
   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 April 16, 1984. 
 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 
 
 
Office of the County Executive, 
Orange County Government Center, 
255 Main Street, 
Goshen, NY 10924 
 
 
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: March 13, 1984. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 84-7260 Filed 3-16-84; 8:45 am] 
 
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