DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 5-81]
47 FR 53758
November 29, 1982
Foreign-Trade Zone No. 22, Chicago; Application for a Special-Purpose
Subzone -- Record Reopened
TEXT: This notice concerns the application of the Chicago Regional Port
District, grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 22, filed with the Foreign-Trade
Zones Board on May 11, 1981, requesting authority to establish a
foreign-trade subzone at the UNR-Leavitt steel tube plant in Chicago
(46 FR 27364, May 19, 1981). After a public hearing and extension of the
open record period to February 26, 1982 (47 FR 3153, January 22, 1982), a
report recommending limited approval was prepared for the Board. Advised
of the report's negative aspects under @ 400.1310 of the Board's
regulations (15 CFR Part 400), the applicant requested permission to
present further evidence, and at a meeting of the Board's Committee of
Alternates (CA) on September 14, 1982, presentations were made on the
matter by UNR-Leavitt, as well as the Welded Steel and Tube Institute
(WSTI) and the American Iron and Steel Institute.
Following the CA meeting new information on benefits relating to
Customs duty reduction and avoidance on scrap was brought to the
attention of the Board. WSTI then requested a reopening of the record,
contending that scrap benefits would be significant, and thus adversely
affect other domestic steel tube plants, if UNR-Leavitt pays duties on the
basis of "privileged foreign" status. In light of the Board's recent
decision in the Sanyo case (Doc. 14-81, 47 FR 44593, October 8, 1982), the
scrap aspect of this proposal was considered to take on new significance.
It has been determined that this new information warrants a reopening
of the record to allow interested parties to submit comments on the scrap
issue. Accordingly, the record in this case is reopened to parties of
record until December 22, 1982, for comments on the duty benefits
UNR-Leavitt would derive, using privileged foreign status, as a result of
scrap from its production of tubing and the consequent impact this would
have on competing domestic plants. The comments will be reviewed by the
Foreign-Trade Zone Staff, which will prepare a report to the Board.
Submissions (10 copies) shall be made in writing and addressed to:
Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. Department of
Commerce, 14th and Pennsylvania, NW., Room 1872, Washington, D.C. 20230.
Dated: November 19, 1982.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zone Board.
[FR Doc. 82-32540 Filed 11-26-82; 8:45 am]