DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 39-85]
50 FR 45446
October 31, 1985
Foreign-Trade Zone 114, Peoria, IL; Application for Subzone; Chrysler Auto
Plant, Belvidere, IL
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Economic Development Council of the Peoria Area, grantee
of Foreign-Trade Zone 114, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the
automobile manufacturing plant of Chrysler Corporation in Belvidere,
Illinois, some 60 miles west of Chicago. The application was submitted
pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended
(19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the regulation of the Board (15 CFR Part 400).
It was formally filed on October 21, 1985. The issue of adjacency will be
reviewed during the proceeding.
The plant is located at 3000 W. Chrysler Drive, Belvidere, some 14 miles
east of Rockford. The 249-acre facility is used to produce compact
automobiles, employing some 4400 persons. Certain components are sourced
abroad such as engines, fuel injector systems and radios. Some of the
automobiles are exported.
Zone procedures will allow Chrysler to avoid duties on foreign parts
used in its exports. On it domestic sales, the company would be able to
take advantage of the same duty rate available to importers of complete
automobiles. The duty rate for the foreign components used at the plant
ranges from 3.3 to 8.6 percent, whereas the rate for complete autos is 2.6
percent. These savings would contribute to the company's overall cost
reduction program, helping its U.S. plants to become more competitive with
auto 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; Richard Roster,
District Director, U.S. Customs Service, North Central Region, 610 S.
Canal St., Chicago, IL 60607; and Lt. Colonel Frank R. Finch, District
Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Chicago, 219 S. Dearborn St.,
Chicago, IL 60604.
Comments concerning the proposed subzone are invited in writing from
interested parties. They should be addressed to the Board's Executive
Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before December 2, 1985.
A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of
the following locations:
U.S. Department of Commerce District Office,
1406 Mid Continental Plaza Bldg.,
55 E. Monroe Street,
Chicago, IL 60603
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529,
14th and Pennsylvania, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20230
Dated: October 28, 1985.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 85-25993 Filed 10-30-85; 8:45 am]
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