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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                                 [Docket 21-88] 
                                  53 FR 16178 
                                  May 5, 1988 
Foreign-Trade Zone 50 -- Long Beach, CA; Application for Extension of 
Subzone Status at Toyota Auto/Truck Parts Plant (SZ 50A), Long Beach  
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(TFZ Board) by the Board of Harbor Commissioners of the City of Long Beach, 
California (BHC), grantee of FTZ 50, requesting a time-extension of the 
authority for Subzone 50A at the auto/truck parts manufacturing plant of 
Toyota Auto Body, Inc., of California (Toyota) (formerly, Toyota Motor 
Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc.) in Long Beach, California. The 19-acre facility
(plant space -- 284,000 sq. ft.), located at 6357 Paramount Blvd., Long 
Beach, California, presently employs 300 persons. The application also 
requests authority for certain new activity that was not part of the 
original application. It was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the 
Foriegn-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 April 18, 1988. 
   On July 14, 1983, the FTZ Board authorized Subzone 50A for a period of 5
years, subject to extension (Board Order 213, 48 FR 34792, 8-1-83). The 
original authority applied to truck beds, and administrative authority was 
given for fuel tank activity in March 1986. BHC is now requesting an 
indefinate time-extension of the subzone, and authority to expand the scope
of operations conducted under zone procedures to include the stamping of 
auto body parts and the coating of catalytic converter substrates. Virtually
all of the steel material used by Toyota is and would continue to be sourced
abroad. Most of the remaining materials are domestic. Some experts are 
   Zone procedures would exempt Toyota from duty payments on the foreign
steel used in its exports. On its domestic sales, it would select the duty
rate on truck beds (3.7%) and the rate on the fuel tanks and stampings 
(3.1%), rather than the rates on steel (4.0 to 6.5%). The applicant 
indicates that continued zone savings will help keep the plant 
internationally competitive.   

   In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has
been appointed to investigage 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; John Heinrich, 
District Director, U.S. Customs Service, Pacific Region, 300 South Ferry 
St., Terminal Island, San Pedro, CA 90731; and, Colonel Tadahiko Ono, 
District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Los Angeles, P.O. Box 271, 
Los Angeles, CA 90053.  
   Comments concerning the proposed subzones extension 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 June 
15, 1988.   

   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each 
of the following locations: 
U.S. Dept. of Commerce District Office, 
11777 San Vicente Blvd., Rm 800, 
Los Angeles, CA 90049. 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529, 
14th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.  
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 88-10017 Filed 5-4-88; 8:45 am]