DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 16-83]
48 FR 22604
May 19, 1983
Foreign-Trade Zone 27; Boston, Massachusetts; Application for Subzone at
General Dynamics Shipbuilding Facility in Quincy
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Massachusetts Port Authority, grantee of Foreign-Trade
Zone 27 in Boston, for a special-purpose subzone at General Dynamics
Corporation's shipbuilding facility in Quincy, within the Boston 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 May
12, 1983. The applicant is authorized to make this proposal under Chapter
771 of the Acts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1971.
The subzone involves the shipyard of the Quincy Shipbuilding Division of
General Dynamics Corporation, located on the west bank of the Weymouth Fore
River in Quincy. The facility covers 158 acres, including 27 acres on the
water. It is capable of producing a variety of ocean-going vessels,
employing up to 5000 persons. Subzone procedures would be initially used
for a project involving the production of 5 Maritime Prepositioning (TAKX)
vessels that would be leased to the Navy. The ships will be constructed
from domestically produced steel. Some of the components for this project
might be imported, including diesel engines, generators, coolers, gears,
winches, cranes, valves, lifeboats, anchors, chain, deck fittings, hatch
covers, hawse pipe, ladders and switchboards.
Zone procedures will help General Dynamics reduce costs on the TAKX
project and to compete internationally on bids for other projects. The
benefits are related to the fact that most of the components are subject
to significant Customs duties and the finished product, as a seagoing
vessel, is duty-free.
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: John J. Da Ponte, Jr. (Chairman), Director,
Foreign-Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
20230; Edward A. Goggin, Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs
Service, Northeast Region, 100 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210; and
Colonel Carl B. Sciple, Division Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer Division New
England, 424 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02254.
Comments concerning the proposed subzone expansion are invited in
writing from interested persons and organizations. They should be sent to
the Board's Executive Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or
before June 20, 1983.
A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of
the following locations:
District Directors Office,
U.S. Dept. of Commerce District Office,
441 Stuart Street, 10th Floor,
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1872,
14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
Washington, D.C. 20230.
Dated: May 16, 1983.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 83-13485 Filed 5-18-83; 8:45 am]
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