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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                                 [Docket 11-90] 
                                  55 FR 11631 
                                 March 29, 1990 
   Foreign-Trade Zone 78 -- Nashville, TN; Application for Subzone; Form 
Rite Automotive Tubing Parts Plant, Hawkins 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 automotive tubing 
components manufacturing plant of Form Rite Corporation (subsidiary of FAH 
Holdings, Ltd., of Canada), in Hawkins County, Tennessee. 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 March 2, 1990. 
   Form Rite Corporation (FRCorp) is planning to establish a production 
facility at Building "C" on a 9-acre parcel within the Phipps Bend Joint 
Venture Industrial Park, some 9 miles southwest of Kingsport, Hawkins 
County, Tennessee. The site is adjacent to Subzone 78D at the nuclear power 
equipment storage facility of Global Power Company, formerly a TVA 
facility. FRCorp will use the facility to produce steel tubing components 
for automobiles, including power steering parts, transmission and engine 
oil cooler lines, and transmission oil filler tubes. The company. sources 
the steel tubing ( 1/4 - 1/2 inches in diameter) from affiliated plants in 
Canada. Many of the other components such as fittings and seals would be 
purchased from U.S. suppliers.  
   FRCorp's Canadian affiliate currently exports the finished auto 
components to the United States duty-free under the U.S./Canadian Automotive
Products Trade Agreement (APTA). The steel tubing to be used at the new 
U.S. plant would be subject to a 6.4 percent duty rate because it is not at 
a sufficiently advanced stage of processing to be considered an auto part 
under the APTA. Zone procedures would allow FRCorp to defer Customs entry 
on the steel tubing until it is made into auto components, which then could 
be entered duty-free as an APTA product. The applicant indicates that the 
savings are an essential factor in its plans to locate the plant in the 
United States. Zone procedures would be used during the 8 years that remain 
prior to full implement of the U.S. Canadian Free Trade Agreement. 
   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 Mish, 
District Director, U.S. Customs Service, South Central Region, 423 Canal 
Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130; and Colonel James P. King, District 
Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Nashville, P.O. Box 1070, Nashville, 
Tennessee 37202. 
   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 May 7, 1990.  
   A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available 
during this time for public inspection at each of the following locations:
U.S. Department of Commerce, District Office, 
404 James Robertson Parkway, 
Nashville, Tennessee 38103-1505 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 
14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 2835, 
Washington,DC 20230  
   Dated: March 22, 1990. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 90-7131 Filed 3-28-90; 8:45 am]