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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 47-84] 
 
                                  49 FR 44660 
 
                                November 8, 1984 
 
 
Foreign-Trade Zone 17, Kansas City, KS; Application for Subzone, General 
Motors Corp., Kansas City 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Greater Kansas City Foreign-Trade Zone, Inc., grantee of 
Foreign-Trade Zone 17, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the 
General Motors Corporation (GM) auto assembly plant in Kansas City, Kansas, 
within the Kansas 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 Board (15 CFR Part 400). It was
formally filed on October 29, 1984. The applicant is authorized to make 
this proposal under the State of Kansas Senate Bill 403, approved March 22,
1973. 
 
   The proposed subzone for GM will be at 100 Kindelberger Road, Kansas 
City, Kansas, known as the Fairfax plant. The 46-acre facility employs over
5,000 persons, producing full-sized automobiles. About 1 percent of the 
parts and material used at the plant are dutiable, including wiring 
harnesses, solenoids, valve and lever assemblies, and radio receivers. 
Close to 7 percent of the finished automobiles are exported. 
 
   Zone procedures will exempt GM from duty payments on the foreign parts 
it uses on its exports. On 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 on the components GM uses is 4.3 percent whereas the 
rate for complete autos is 2.7 percent. The savings from subzone status 
will contribute to the company's overall cost reduction program, helping 
its U.S. plants become more competitive with auto production plants abroad.
 
   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; William L. 
Duncan, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, North Central Region, 
120 S. Central Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105; and Colonel Robert M. Amrine, 
District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Kansas City, 700 Federal 
Bldg., Kansas City, MO 64106.  
 
   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 December 7, 1984.  

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

Port Director's Office, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
2701 Rock Creek Parkway, 
Kansas City, MO 64116. 
 
 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529, 
14th and Pennsylvania, NW., 
Washington, D.C. 20230  
 
   Dated: October 31, 1984. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.  
[FR Doc. 84-29375 Filed 11-7-84; 8:45 am] 
 
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