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                             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., 
 
   Executive Secretary.  
[FR Doc. 85-2230 Filed 1-28-85; 8:45 am] 
 
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