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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 14-81] 
 
                                  46 FR 46151 
 
                               September 17, 1981 
 
 
Foreign-Trade Zone No. 14, Little Rock; Application for Subzone  
 

TEXT: Notice is hereby given that an application has been submitted to the 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Little Rock Port Authority 
(LRPA) on behalf of the State of Arkansas, grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 
No. 14, requesting authority to establish a special-purpose subzone at the 
Sanyo Manufacturing Corporation facility in Forrest City, Arkansas, 
adjacent to the Memphis 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 September 10, 1981. 

   On October 4, 1972, the Board authorized the State of Arkansas, through 
its Department of Industrial Development, to establish a foreign-trade zone 
project in the Little Rock area (Board Order No. 90, 37 FR 21461). Operated 
and administered by LRPA, the zone project currently covers 25 acres in the 
City's port terminal area. 

   LRPA requests subzone status for the Sanyo Manufacturing Corporation's 
(SMC) production and assembly plant, located at 3333 Sanyo Road, Forrest 
City, Arkansas. The 162-acre facility contains six buildings with a total 
of 1.2 million square feet of floor space. SMC manufactures and assembles 
color television receivers, telecaption adaptors and microwave ovens from 
foreign and domestic components. The plant also produces wooden TV 
cabinets and other furniture. 

   Zone procedures will permit SMC to export finished television sets and 
microwave ovens without paying duties on foreign components. On domestic 
sales, the company can take advantage of the same duty rates that are 
available to importers of the finished products, thus encouraging assembly 
in the U.S. The duty rate is 5 percent for finished televisions and 4 
percent for microwave ovens, whereas the weighted-average duty rates for 
the imported components used by SMC are 5.7 and 5.5 percent for 
televisions and microwave ovens respectively. The applicant indicates that 
the savings available from zone procedures will play a major role in SMC's 
decision to expand the plant's operations, including a substantial increase 
in production for export, which would add some 300 employees to the 
plant's workforce by 1983. 

   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; Max G. Willis, District Director, U.S. Customs 
Service, Region V, 423 Canal Street, Room 244, New Orleans, Louisiana 
70130; and Colonel John F. Hatch, Jr., District Engineer, U.S. Army 
Engineer District Memphis, 668 Clifford Davis Federal Building, Memphis, 
Tennessee 38103. 

   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 October 15, 1981. 

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

U.S. Department of Commerce District Office, 
147 Jefferson Avenue, Room 710, 
Memphis, Tennessee 38103 

 
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: September 11, 1981. 
 

John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board.  

[FR Doc. 81-26988 Filed 9-16-81; 8:45 am]