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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 9-82] 
                                  47 FR 10612 
                                 March 11, 1982 
Foreign-Trade Subzone 46B, Union County, Ohio; Application for Expansion
TEXT: Notice is hereby given that an application has been submitted to the 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Greater Cincinnati Foreign-
Trade Zone, Inc., a non-profit Ohio corporation, and grantee of Foreign-
Trade Subzone 46B, requesting authority to expand the subzone to include 
an adjacent site for automobile manufacturing operations. 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 March 1, 1982. The applicant is 
authorized to make this proposal under @ 1743.11 of the Ohio Revised Code.
   On January 12, 1979, the GCFTZ received authority from the Board to 
establish a foreign-trade zone project with public facilities in the 
Cincinnati port of entry area and subzone facilities in the Columbus, 
Ohio, port of entry area at the motorcycle assembly plant of Honda of 
America Manufacturing, Inc. (Board Order 141, 44 FR 4003, 1/19/79). The 
Honda subzone covers 214 acres on route 33 near Marysville in Union 
County, Ohio. Motorcycle assembly operations began in September 1979 and 
zone procedures were initiated the following March. The facility provides 
employment for over 500 persons. 
   The applicant now requests subzone status for an additional 650 acres,
immediately adjacent to the motorcycle plant, for Honda's automobile 
manufacturing and assembly operations, scheduled to begin in late 1982. 
Operations will involve stamping, welding, painting, plastic injection 
molding and assembly of automobiles and related parts. The company plans 
to purchase over 50 percent of the material and parts from domestic 
sources, including items such as tires, batteries, glass, interior parts, 
and steel for body parts and exhaust systems. At full production the 
plant would produce 10,000 cars per month, employing 2,500 persons. 
   Zone procedures will allow Honda to avoid duty and drawback procedures 
on its exports. On its domestic sales, the company will be able to take 
advantage of the same duty rate available to importers of finished autos 
which is currently 2.9 percent ad valorem. The average duty rate for 
components is estimated to be about 4.0 percent. Honda has indicated that 
its experience with the benefits from zone procedures at the motorcycle 
plant was an important factor in its decision to locate the auto plant in 
the U.S.  

   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; Donald 
L. Cavanaugh, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, Region IX, 55 
Erieview Plaza, Plaza 9 Building, Cleveland, Ohio 44114; and Colonel James 
H. Higman, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Huntington, P.O. 
Box 2127, Huntington, West Virginia 25721. 
   Comments concerning the proposed subzone expansion are invited in 
writing from interested persons and organizations. Submissions shall 
include 12 copies. They should be addressed to the Board's Executive 
Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before April 5, 1982.
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 
Port Director's Office, 
U.S. Customs Service, Region IX, 
85 Marconi Boulevard, 
234 New Federal Office Building, 
Columbus, Ohio 43214 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 3721, 
14th and Constitution, N.W., 
Washington, D.C. 20230.  
   Dated: March 5, 1982. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.  
[FR Doc. 82-6570 Filed 3-10-82; 8:45 am] 
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