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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
          [Docket No. 32-88; Foreign-Trade Zone 15 -- Kansas City, MO] 
 
                                  53 FR 40483 
 
                                October 17, 1988 
 
 
Application for Subzone Mobay Corp., Kansas City, MO; Agricultural and 
Speciality Chemical Plant 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Greater Kansas City Foreign-Trade Zone, Inc. (KCFTZ), 
grantee of FTZ 15, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the 
agricultural and specialty chemical manufacturing plant of Mobay 
Corporation, Agricultural Chemicals Division (Mobay), a subsidiary of Bayer
USA, Inc., and Bayer AG of West Germany, located in Kansas City, Missouri, 
within the Kansas City 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 October 4, 1988.  
 
   The Mobay complex (112 acres with 750,000 sq. ft. of space among 59 
buildings) is located at 8400 Hawthorn Road in Kansas City. The facility
employs 1,300 persons and is used to produce agricultural and specialty 
chemicals for the control of insects, weeds and plant diseases. 
Approximately 10 percent of the raw materials the company uses are currently
sourced abroad, such as cyanuric chloride, benzenethiol, aninoic, 
nitrogeneous compounds and halogenated, sulfonated, nitrated derivates of
aldehydes.  
 
   Zone procedures would exempt Mobay from duty payments on the foreign 
components used in its exports. On its domestic sales, the company would be
able to elect the duty rate that applies to insecticides and nitrogeneous
compounds. The duty rates on the major components range from 3.5 to 20 
percent, whereas the rates for the finished products are 7.9 and 12.5 
percent. The application indicates that zone savings will improve the 
plant's international competitiveness. 
 
   In accordance with the Board's regulations, the examiners committee has
been appointed to investigate the application and report to the Board. The
committee consist of: Dennis Pucinelli (Chairman), Foreign-Trade Zones 
Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; Theodore 
Galantowicz, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, North Central Region,
7911 Forsyth Boulevard, Suite 625, Clayton, Missouri 63105; and Colonel 
John Atkinson, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Kansas City,
700 Federal Building 601 E. 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64106-2896.
 
   Comments concerning the propose 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 November 28, 
1988.  
 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of
the following locations: 

U.S. Department of Commerce District Office, 
Room 635, 601 East 12th Street, 
Kansas City, Missouri 64106 
 
 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529, 
14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230  
 
   Dated: October 7, 1988. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 88-23924 Filed 10-14-88; 8:45 am] 
 
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