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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 20-82] 
                                  47 FR 38568 
                               September 1, 1982 
Foreign-Trade Zone 70, Detroit; Application for Subzone in Wayne, Michigan
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), a Michigan non-profit corporation and grantee of 
Foreign-Trade Zone 70, requesting authority for a special-purpose subzone 
at a Ford Motor Corporation auto assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan, within 
the Detroit 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 August 20, 1982. The applicant is authorized to make this 
proposal under Chapter 447, Act 154, Michigan Public Acts of 1963 
(MSA 21.302 (1)). 
   On July 21, 1981, the Board authorized GDFTZ to establish a foreign-trade
zone project in the Detroit area (Board Order 176, 46 FR 38941, 7-30-81). 
General-purpose zone facilities are located at the Clark Street Port 
facility in downtown Detroit and at a distribution complex in Dearborn, 
which is to be activated soon. GDFTZ also sponsors a subzone at Ford's 
tractor plant in Romeo, Michigan, and a subzone at Chrysler's Jefferson 
Assembly Plant in Detroit, both of which began using zone procedures during 
the past two months.   

   The applicant now proposes to establish a subzone at Ford's Wayne 
Assembly Plant, located at 37625 Michigan Avenue in Wayne. The 141-acre 
facility has recently been renovated for the assembly of the company's new 
front-wheel drive subcompact cars. Up to 250,000 vehicles can be produced 
annually from foreign and domestic components. Foreign parts include 
transaxles, wheels, steering gears, and radios. 
   Zone procedures will allow Ford to export finished autos without paying 
duties on foreign parts and material. On its domestic sales, the company 
will be able to take advantage of the same duty rate available to importers 
of finished automobiles, which is lower than the rate for many components. 
This will assist Ford in competing with offshore assembly plants and help 
to restore the Wayne Plant to full operation which could add up to 1200 
jobs to the current workforce of 3800 persons. 
   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, D.C. 20230; Louis A. 
Mezzano, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, Region IX, 477 Michigan 
Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226; and Colonel Raymond T. Beurket, 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, 1982. 
   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 Lafayette Street, 
Detroit, Michigan 48226 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 
14th and Pennsylvania, Room 3721, 
Washington, D.C. 20230  
   Dated: August 25, 1982. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board.   
[FR Doc. 82-23980 Filed 8-31-82; 8:45 am]