DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 1-85]
50 FR 3945
January 29, 1985
Foreign-Trade Zone 49, Newark/Elizabeth, NJ; Application for Subzone,
General Motors Plant Linden, NJ
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, grantee of
Foreign-Trade Zone 49, Newark/Elizabeth, New Jersey, requesting a
special-purpose subzone at General Motors Corporation's (GM) automobile
assembly plant in Linden, New Jersey, within the New York Customs port of
entry. The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the
Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 USC 81a-81u), and the regulations
of the Board (15 CFR Part 400). It was formally filed on January 11, 1985.
The applicant is authorized to make this proposal under Section 12:13-1 of
the New Jersey Statutes Annotated.
The GM facility is at 1016 W. Edgar Road in Linden, where 5300 persons
are employed in the production of Buick Riveria, Oldsmobile Toronado, and
Cadillac model automobiles. Though the majority of the parts used at the
plant are produced domestically, some 5 percent are dutiable items, such
as wiring harnesses, directional levers and radio receivers.
Zone procedures will exempt GM 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 by GM is 4.8
percent compared with a 2.7 percent rate for finished autos. 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; Benjamin C.
Jefferson, Area Director, U.S. Customs Service, New York Region, Room 210
A, Airport International Plaza, Newark, N.J. 07114; and Colonel F. H.
Griffis, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District New York, 26
Federal Plaza, New York, NY 10007.
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 February 25, 1985.
A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of
the following locations:
Area Director's Office,
U.S. Customs Service,
Airport International Plaza, Room 210 A,
Newark, New Jersey 07114
Office of the Executive Secretary
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529
14th and Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
Washington, D.C. 20230
Dated: January 28, 1985.
John J. Da Ponte Jr.,
[FR Doc. 85-2230 Filed 1-28-85; 8:45 am]
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