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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 26-82] 
                                  47 FR 50001 
                                November 4, 1982 
Foreign-Trade Zone 78, Nashville, Tennessee; Application for a Subzone at 
Toshiba Television and Microwave Oven Plant, Lebanon, Tennessee  
TEXT: Notice is hereby given that an application has been submitted to the
Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson 
County Port Authority (the Port Authority), grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 
78, requesting authority for a special-purpose subzone at the television 
and microwave oven manufacturing plant of Toshiba America, Inc. in Lebanon, 
Tennessee, adjacent to the Nashville 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 October 26, 1982. The applicant is 
authorized to make this proposal under Section 7-5-107(6), Tennessee Code 
   On April 2, 1982, the Board authorized the Port Authority to establish 
a foreign-trade zone project in the Nashville port of entry area (Board 
Order 190, 47 FR 16191, 4/15/82). The project involves a warehouse site in 
downtown Nashville, an industrial park site in the Cockrill Bend area and 
a subzone at Nissan's new truck manufacturing plant in Smyrna. 
   The Port Authority now requests subzone status for Toshiba's color 
television and microwave oven manufacturing plant, 1420 Toshiba Drive, 
Lebanon, Tennessee. The facility consists of a 315,000 square foot plant 
located on a 102 acre site. The primary product line is color televisions 
on which production started in 1978. Microwave oven production started in 
1981 and is the plant's only other major product line. The production 
process for both televisions and microwave ovens involves the finishing and 
assembly of a mix of foreign and domestic parts and material. 
   Zone procedures would allow Toshiba to export finished televisions and
microwave ovens without paying duties on foreign parts and material. Plant 
exports now range between 15 and 20 percent and are expected to increase 
under zone procedures. On its domestic sales, the company can take 
advantage of the same duty rates that are available to importers of the 
finished products. The duty rate for televisions is 5 percent, and for 
microwave ovens, 4 percent. On the imported television and oven parts used 
by Toshiba the weighted average duty rates are 6.5 and 5.6 percent 
respectively. The applicant indicates a willingness to accept the same 
restriction on foreign color picture tubes as applied to Subzone 14A for 
Sanyo Manufacturing Corporation (Board Order 210, 47 FR 44593, October 8, 
1982). It is contended that zone procedures will encourage Toshiba to 
expand operations in Tennessee rather than abroad, adding up to 350 workers 
to the plant's current labor force of 540. 
   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; G. Scott 
Shreve, Acting District Director, U.S. Customs Service, South Central 
Region, 423 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130; and Colonel Lee W. 
Tucker, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Nashville, P.O. Box 
1070, Nashville, Tennessee 37202.  
   Comments concerning the proposed subzone 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 December 6, 1982. 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 
U.S. Dept. of Commerce Satellite Office, 
Room 1024, 
Andrew Jackson State Office Building, 
Nashville, Tennessee 37219 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 
14th and Constitution Ave., N.W., Room 1519, 
Washington, D.C. 20230.  
   Dated: October 29, 1982. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board.  
[FR Doc. 82-30351 Filed 11-3-82; 8:45 am] 
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