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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                                 [Docket 41-90] 
 
                                  55 FR 46695 
 
                                November 6, 1990 
 
   Foreign-Trade Zone 39; Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Application for Subzone GM
Auto Assembly Plant, Arlington, TX 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board, grantee 
of FTZ 39, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the automobile 
assembly plant of General Motors Corporation (GM) located in Arlington, 
Texas, adjacent to the Dallas/Fort Worth 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 22, 1990. 
 
   The plant (248 acres) is located on Highway 360 at Abram Street in 
Arlington, Texas, some 16 miles west of Dallas. The facility employs 4,500 
persons and is used to produce full-size passenger automobiles. Some 2 
percent of vehicle value consists of dutiable components, such as radios, 
wire harnesses, instrument panel pads, and steering wheels. About 7 
percent of the vehicles are exported.  
 
   Zone procedures would exempt GM 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 4.3%). The application indicates that the 
savings would help reduce costs and improve the plant's international 
competitiveness.  
 
   In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has 
been approved 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; Paul Rimmer, 
Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service, Southwest 
Region, 5850 San Felipe Street, Houston, Texas 77057-3012; and Colonel 
William D. Brown, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Fort 
Worth, P.O. Box 17300, Fort Worth, Texas 76102-0300. 
 
   Comments concerning the proposed zone 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 
December 21, 1990.  
 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 
 
 
U.S. Department of Commerce District Office, 
Room 7A5, 1100 Commerce Street, 
Dallas, TX 75242 
 
 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 4213, 
Washington, DC 20230.  
 
   Dated: October 31, 1990. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 90-26187 Filed 11-5-90; 8:45 am] 
 
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