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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 18-89] 
 
                                  54 FR 41316 
 
                                October 6, 1989 
 
   Foreign-Trade Zone 78 -- Nashville, TN; Application for Subzone: 
GM-Saturn Auto Plant, Maury County, TN 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Metropolitan Nashville Port Authority, grantee of FTZ 
78, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the automobile 
manufacturing plant of Saturn Corporation (subsidiary of General Motors 
Corporation), located in Maury County, Tennessee, adjacent to the Nashville
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 September 25, 1989. 
 
   The new Saturn plant (1,900 acres) is located on Highway 31, in Maury 
County, adjacent to the City of Spring Hill, Tennessee, some 32 miles south 
of Nashville. The plant is currently under construction. Production of 
automobiles (3,000 employees) is slated to begin in mid-1990. While most 
components will come from domestic suppliers, dutiable components from 
abroad will account for some 3 percent of vehicle value at the outset. The 
major foreign components will be: electronics, wiring harnesses, torque 
converters, starters, blocker rings, transmission bearings, timing chains, 
levers and instrument clusters.  
 
   Zone procedures would exempt Saturn from Customs duty payments on the 
foreign components used in its exports. On domestic sales, the company 
would be able to choose the duty rate on finished autos (2.5%) for the 
foreign-sourced components (average duty rate, 4.1%). The savings would 
help improve the plant's international competitiveness. 
 
   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; Joel R. Mish, 
District Director, U.S. Customs Service, South Central Region, 423 Canal 
Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130; and, Colonel James T. King, District 
Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Nashville, P.O. Box 1070, Nashville, 
Tennessee 37202-1070.  
 
   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 November 17, 
1989.  
 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 

U.S. Department of Commerce District Office, 
Parkway Towers, Suite 1114, 
404 James Robertson Parkway, 
Nashville, TN 37219; 

Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 2835, 
14th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.  
 
   Dated: September 29, 1989. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 89-23641 Filed 10-5-89; 8:45 am] 
 
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