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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 12-81] 
                                  46 FR 43481 
                                August 28, 1981 
Foreign-Trade Zone No. 70, Detroit; Application for Special-Purpose Subzone
TEXT: Notice is hereby given that an application has been submitted to the 
Foreign-Trade Zones board (the Board) by the Greater Detroit Foreign-Trade 
Zone, Inc. (GDFTZ), grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 70, requesting 
authority to establish a special-purpose subzone at Volkswagen of America's 
vehicle assembly plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan, adjacent to the 
Detroit Customs port of entry. The application was submitted pursuant to 
the provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act of 1934, as amended (19 
U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the regulations of the Board (15 CFR Part 400). It 
was formally filed on August 24, 1981. 

   On July 21, 1981, the Board authorized GDFTZ to establish a foreign-
trade zone project in the Detroit area consisting of general-purpose zone 
sites in downtown Detroit and Dearborn, and a subzone at the Ford tractor 
plant in Romeo, Michigan (Board Order 176, 46 FR 38941, 7-30-81). GDFTZ 
is a Michigan non-profit corporation affiliated with the City of Detroit 
and the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce which was incorporated in 
1979 to assist the area's international trade through the establishment 
of a trade zone program. It is authorized to submit zone applications 
under Chapter 447, Act 154, Michigan Public Acts of 1963 (MSA 21.302 (1)).

   The applicant proposes to establish a subzone for the new Sterling 
Heights plant of Volkswagen of America, Inc., located on Michigan Highway 
53 at Metropolitan Parkway. The subzone would cover 103 acres within the 
283-acre facility which was recently purchased by Volkswagen. The company 
is currently in the process of renovating the plant for the assembly of 
light trucks and autos from domestic and foreign components. 

   Zone procedures will allow Volkswagen to export finished vehicles 
without paying duties on foreign parts and materials. On its domestic 
auto sales, the company will be able to take advantage of the duty rate 
applicable to finished autos, which is lower than the rate for many 
components. A subzone was approved in 1978 for Volkswagen's first U.S. 
assembly plant in New Stanton, Pennsylvania. Zone status will assist the 
company in the development of the 4,000-worker assembly facility in 
Sterling Heights as the company continues to transfer assembly operations 
to the U.S. from abroad. 

   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), International 
Trade Specialist, Foreign-Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, 
Washington, D.C. 20230; Louis A. Mezzano, District Director, U.S. Customs 
Service, Region IX, 477 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226; and 
Colonel Robert V. Vermillion, District engineer, U.S. Army Engineer 
District Detroit, P.O. Box 1027, Detroit, Michigan 48231. 

   Comments concerning the proposed zone expansion are invited in writing 
from interested persons and organizations. They should be addressed to the 
Board's Executive Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or 
before September 30, 1981. 

   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 

 U.S. Department of Commerce District Office, 
Federal Building, Room 445, 
231 West Layfayette, 
Detroit, Michigan 48226 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 
14th and E Streets, N.W., Room 2006, 
Washington, D.C. 20230  

   Dated: August 25, 1981. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
Executive Secetary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board.  

[FR Doc. 81-25269 Filed 8-27-81; 8:45 am]