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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 17-87] 
 
                                  52 FR 36812 
 
                                October 1, 1987 
 
 
Foreign-Trade Zone 50-Long Beach, California Request for Manufacturing for 
Daihatsu Off-Road Vehicle Assembly 
 
TEXT: The Port of Long Beach, grantee of FTZ 50, Long Beach, California, has
requested manufacturing approval from the Foreign-Trade Zones Board to allow
the use of zone procedures within FTZ 50 by Daihatsu America, Inc., for the 
assembly of off-road passenger vehicles. The request was filed on September 
23, 1987.  
 
   Daihatsu is planning to assemble a small (1500 lbs., 30 horsepower) off-
road "people-mover" passenger vehicle using a foreign-produced, motorized 
chassis which accounts for some 62 percent of the total material value of 
the vehicle. All remaining parts and material required to produce the cab 
and body, and to assemble the vehicle will be purchased domestically, such 
as fiberglass body panels, body electrical system, canopy, frame, soft top,
windshield, seats and trim.  

   Zone procedures would allow Daihatsu to take advantage of the same duty
rate available to importers of finished passenger vehicles. The duty rate on
finished vehicles is 2.5 percent, whereas the rate on the motorized chassis
is 25.0 percent (light truck rate). The application indicates that zone 
procedures will encourage Daihatsu to establish the operation in this 
country rather than import the finished vehicle, which would qualify for 
the 2.5 percent rate.   

   Comments on the proposed manufacturing operation 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 before 
October 30, 1987.  
 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at the 
office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, Room 1529, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.  
 
   Dated: September 28, 1987. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 87-22677 Filed 9-30-87; 8:45 am] 
 
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