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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 18-85] 
 
                                  50 FR 27472 
 
                                  July 3, 1985 
 
 
Foreign-Trade Zone 57; Mecklenburg County, NC; Application for Subzone at 
IBM Printer and Electronic Equipment Plant 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, grantee of 
Foreign-Trade Zone 57, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the 
printer and electronic equipment manufacturing plant of International 
Busines Machines Corporation (IBM) in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, 
adjacent to the Charlotte, 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 June 5, 1985. 
 
   The plant is located at Interstate 85 and W. T. Harris Blvd. in 
Mecklenburg County. The 1168-acre facility is used to produce electronic 
banking equipment, printers, and electronic assemblies, employing 5000 
persons. Foreign-sourced parts comprise up to 5.0 percent of finished 
product value and include items such as motors, power supplies, mechanical 
parts and electronic components. Some 16 percent of the finished products 
are exported. 
 
   Zone procedures will allow IBM to avoid duty payment on the foreign 
parts used in its exports. On domestic sales, the company would be able to 
take advantage of the same duty rate available to importers of these 
finished products. The duty rates on the imported components used by IBM 
range from 4.0 to 11.0 percent, whereas the rates for the finished 
equipment range from 4.0 to 4.3 percent. Subzone status will help make 
products made at this plant more competitive with those produced 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; Howard C. 
Cooperman, Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service, 
Southeast Region, 99 S.E. 5th St., Miami, FL 33131; and Colonel Wayne A. 
Hanson, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Wilmington, P.O. Box 
1890, Wilmington, NC 28402.   

   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 August 6, 1985. A copy of the application is available for public 
inspection at each of the following locations. 
 
 
U.S. Customs Service, 
Port Director's Office, 
3224 Piper Lane. 
Charlotte, NC 28219 
 
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: June 27, 1985. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 85-15889 Filed 7-2-85; 8:45 am] 
 
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