[Federal Register: November 9, 1995 (Volume 60, Number 217)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zone 26--Atlanta, GA; Application for Subzone
Status, United Technologies Corporation and Precision Components
International, Inc., Plants (Aircraft Turbine Engine Components)
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Georgia Foreign-Trade Zone, Inc., grantee of FTZ 26,
requesting special-purpose subzone status for the aircraft turbine
engine component manufacturing facilities of the United Technologies
Corporation, Pratt & Whitney Group (Pratt & Whitney) and Precision
Components International, Inc. (PCI) (a subsidiary of a Pratt & Whitney
joint venture), located in Columbus, Georgia. 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 November 1, 1995.
The facilities (700,000 sq.ft., 720 employees) are located on a
339-acre site at 8801 Macon Road in Columbus (Muscogee County),
Georgia, some 90 miles southwest of Atlanta. They are used to produce
titanium disk forgings and airfoils (HTS# 8411.91.90) for the
compressor components of turbine-type aircraft engines. Pratt & Whitney
manufactures the disk forgings, and PCI manufactures the airfoils under
contract for Pratt & Whitney. The airfoils and disk forgings are
manufactured from titanium alloy sourced from abroad (HTS#
8184.108.40.206, 8220.127.116.11; duty rate: 15%). The disk forgings and
airfoils are shipped to other U.S. Pratt & Whitney facilities for
further processing and/or assembly into aircraft turbine engines, or
they are exported.
Zone procedures would exempt Pratt & Whitney and PCI from Customs
duty payments on the foreign titanium alloy used in export production.
On domestic sales, the companies would be able to choose the lower duty
rates that apply to finished aircraft turbine engine components (duty
free, 3.0%) for the foreign titanium alloy. The application indicates
that the savings from zone procedures would help improve the
facilities' international competitiveness.
In accordance with the Board's regulations, a member of the FTZ
Staff has been designated examiner to investigate the application and
report to the Board.
Public comment on the application is invited from interested
parties. Submissions (original and three copies) shall be addressed to
the Board's Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing
period for their receipt is January 8, 1996. Rebuttal comments in
response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be
submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to January 23, 1996).
A copy of the application and the accompanying exhibits will be
available for public inspection at each of the following locations:
U.S. Export Assistance Center, Marquis II Tower, Suite 200, 285
Peachtree Center Avenue, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30303.
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S.
Department of Commerce, Room 3716, 14th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW, Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: November 2, 1995.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 95-27835 Filed 11-8-95; 8:45 am]
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