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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 54-84] 
 
                                  49 FR 48581 
 
                               December 13, 1984 
 
 
Foreign-Trade Zone 29 -- Louisville, KY; Application for Subzone, General 
Electric Appliance Park Plant 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Louisville and Jefferson County Riverport Authority, 
grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 29, requesting special-purpose subzone status 
for the home appliance manufacturing plant of General Electric Corporation 
in Jefferson County, Kentucky, adjacent to the Louisville 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 7, 1984. 
The applicant is authorized to make this proposal under @ 65.530(b) of the 
Kentucky Revised Statutes. 
 
   The proposed subzone will be at General Electric's Appliance Park plant, 
which covers 942 acres on Fegenbush Lane in Jefferson County. The facility 
employs 14,000 persons and is used to produce household appliances such as 
refrigerators, dishwashers, dryers, electric ranges and room air 
conditioners. Of the thousands of parts used in the production process, 
some 370 are purchased from foreign sources, including drive tubes, shafts, 
brake bands, solenoids, and springs. Raw steel is sourced domestically. 
Most of the products are sold domestically, though GE plans to increase 
its export activity.  
 
   Zone procedures will allow GE to avoid duty payments on the foreign 
components used in its exports. On its domestic sales, the company would be 
able to take advantage of the same duty rates available to importers of 
the finished products, who have doubled their share of the U.S. market in 
the past 4 years to 12 percent. The duty rates on the components mentioned 
above range from 6.2 to 7.1 percent whereas the duty rates for washing 
machines, dishwashers and electric ranges are 4.4, 4.3 and 1.5 percent. 
These savings will help GE improve its cost competitiveness in relation to 
production facilities 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: John J. Da Ponte, Jr. (Chairman), Director, Foreign-
Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 20230; John F. 
Nelson, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, North Central Region, 6th 
Floor, Plaza Nine Bldg., 55 Erieview Plaza, Cleveland, OH 44114; and 
Colonel Dwayne G. Lee, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District 
Louisville, P.O. Box 59, Louisville, KY 40201. 
 
   Comments concerning the proposed subzone are invited in writing from 
interested persons and organizations. They should be addressed below and 
postmarked on or before January 21, 1985. 
 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 
 
 
U.S. Department of Commerce District Office, 
U.S. Post Office and Courthouse Bldg., Rm. 636, 
Louisville, KY 40202. 
 
 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Rm. 1529, 
14th and Pennsylvania, NW., 
Washington, D.C. 20230.  
 
   Dated: November 10, 1984. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 84-32523 Filed 12-12-84; 8:45 am] 
 
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