DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 32-91]
Foreign-Trade Zone 142--Salem, NJ
Application for Subzone; Lignotock Auto Interior Components Plant,
Thursday, June 13, 1991
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
Board) by the City of Salem Port Authority, grantee of FTZ 142, requesting
special-purpose subzone status for the automotive interior door trim panel
assembly plant of Lignotock Corporation (Lignotock) (subsidiary of Lignotock
Technische Formiteile GmbH, Germany), located in Westampton Township,
Burlington County, New Jersey. 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 May 30, 1991.
The Lignotock plant (105,000 sq. ft. on 10 acres) is located on Oxmead Road
in the Township of Westampton, Burlington County, New Jersey, some 25 miles
form Philadelphia. The facility (150 employees) is used to produce finished
automobile door trim panels for auto assembly plants using foreign,
prefabricated, wood-fiber panels manufactured by its parent company in
Germany. Foreign subcomponents account for approximately 50 percent of the
material value of the finished panels, and they include fiber board mats,
steel retainers, and door panels.
Zone procedures would exempt Lignotock from Customs duty payments on
foreign materials used in products that are exported. On door panels
shipped to domestic auto assembly plants with subzone status, Customs
duties would be paid when finished autos leave the assembly plants and the
duty rate for complete autos (2.5%) could be applied. On aftermarket sales,
Lignotock could chose the duty rate that applies to door trim panels
(3.1%). The duty rates for door panel materials range from zero to 5.7
percent. The application indicates that zone 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; Edward A. Goggin,
Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service, Northeast Region, 10
Causeway Street, suite 801, Boston, MA 02222-1056; and, Colonel Kenneth
Clow, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Philadelphia, U.S.
Custom House, 2nd and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2991.
Comments concerning the proposed foreign-trade subzone are invited from
interested parties. They should be addressed to the Board's Executive
Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before July 26, 1991.
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available for
public inspection at each of the following locations:
City of Salem Municipal Port Authority,
465 East Broadway,
Salem, New Jersey 08079.
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, room 3716,
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: June 4, 1991.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 91-14109 Filed 6-12-91; 8:45 am]