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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 13-87] 
                                  52 FR 33459 
                               September 3, 1987 
Application for Subzone Chrysler Auto Components Plants, Detroit Area; 
Foreign-Trade Zone 70, Detroit, MI 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Greater Detroit Foreign-Trade Zone, Inc., grantee of FTZ
70, requesting special-purpose subzone status for five Detroit area plants 
of the Chrysler Corporation, which produce a variety of components for its 
North American auto assembly operations. 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 August 25, 1987. 
   The five Chrysler plants, which employ a total of some 4,800 persons, 
are: Detroit Trim Plant (28 acres), 12501 Dequindre, Detroit (interior and
exterior trim); Trenton Chemical Division Plant (60 acres), 5473 W. 
Jefferson Avenue, Trenton (brake pads, paint, sealants and chemicals); 
McGraw Glass Plant (40 acres), 9400 McGraw Avenue, Detroit (automative 
glass); Mound Road Engine plant (33 acres), 20300 Mound Road, Detroit 
(engines, bearing cups, and yokes); and, Detroit Axle plant (47 acres), 6700
Lynch Road, Detroit (axle assemblies).  
   Certain parts and material for these plants are sourced abroad, including
vinyl roll goods, carbon fiber, sheet glass, bearings, gears, and 
miscellaneous auto parts. Foreign materials account for less than 5 percent
of total production costs at each of the plants. 
   Zone procedures would exempt Chrysler from Customs duties on the foreign 
components that are reexported either as auto parts or in assembled autos. 
On products shipped to U.S. auto assembly plants with subzone status, the 
company would be able to take advantage of the same duty rate available to
importers of complete automobiles. The duty rates on components used at the
five plants range from 3.2 to 11.0 percent, whereas the rate on autos is 2.5
percent. The savings will help improve the company's international 
   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, DC 20230; William Morandini,
District Director, U.S. Customs Service, North Central Region, 477 Michigan
Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226; and Colonel Robert F. Harris, District 
Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Detroit, P.O. Box 1027, Detroit, 
Michigan 48231.  
   Comments concerning the proposed subzone are invited in writing from 
interested parties. They shall be addressed to the Board's Executive 
Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before September 30,1987.
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 
U.S. Department of Commerce District Office, 
1140 McNamara Building, 
477 Michigan Avenue, 
Detroit, Michigan 48226 
Office of the Executive Secretary 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529 
Washington, DC 20230 
   Dated: August 28, 1987. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 87-20316 Filed 9-2-87; 8:45 am]