DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 35-87]
52 FR 45474
November 30, 1987
Foreign-Trade zone 26, Atlanta, GA; Application for Subzone, Yamaha Golf
Cart and Water Vehicle Plant, Coweta County, GA
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Georgia Foreign-Trade Zone, Inc., grantee of Foreign-
Trade Zone 26, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the golf cart
and water vehicle manufacturing plant of Yamaha Motor Manufacturing
Corporation of America (Yamaha), located in Coweta County, Georgia, adjacent
to the Atlanta 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 November 17, 1987.
The Yamaha plant is located on a 238-acre site at Highway 34 and Almajack
Blvd. in Coweta County. The facility, which is currently under construction,
will employ over 300 persons to manufacture golf carts and water vehicles.
Yamaba currently exports these products to the United States from Japan. The
major components to be assembled at the Coweta County plant are engines,
propulsion pumps, steering systems, plastic for body coverings, axles and
wheels, and tubing for the frames.
Initially, Yamaha will import all components as kits for assembly. With
subzone status the company would begin using domestic components. Within a
few years, the company plans to purchase all components other than gasoline
engines and propulsion pumps from domestic sources.
Zone procedures would exempt Yamaha from Customs duty payments on the
foreign materials used in its exports. On its domestic sales, the company
would be able to defer duty payments and to pay duties at the rate
applicable to complete vehicles. The duty rate on the golf carts is 2.5
percent and the rate on the water vehicles is 1.5 percent, whereas the range
of duty rates for the components is from 0.0 to 12.0 percent (e.g. engines-
0.0%; pumps-3.0%). The application indicates that zone procedures will
encourage the company to use domestic components since imports of kits
containing all components are dutiable at the finished product rate.
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; Howard Cooperman,
Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service, Southeast
Region, 909 Buckell Pl., Room 7322, Miami, FL 33130; and Colonel Stanley G.
Genega, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Savannah, P.O. 889,
Savannah, GA 31402.
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 January 12, 1988.
A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of
the following locations:
U.S. Department of Commerce District Office,
1365 Peachtree St, NE, Suite 504,
Atlanta, GA 30309
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529,
14th & Pennsylvania, NW.,
Washington, DC 20230
Dated: November 20, 1987.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 87-27466 Filed 11-27-87; 8:45 am]
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