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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 42-83] 
                                  48 FR 55888 
                               December 16, 1983 
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone Project, Wilmington, Delaware; Application for 
Subzone, General Motors Plant, Wilmington 
TEXT: An applicaton has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the 
Board) by the Delaware Development Office, on behalf of the State of Delaware
requesting special-purpose subzone status for the General Motors Corporation 
(GM) auto assembly plant in Wilmington, Delaware, within the Delaware 
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 
December 1, 1983. The applicant is authorized to make this proposal under 
Chapter 75, Title 6 of the Delaware Code. 
   The State of Delaware submitted an application to the Boad for a general-
purpose foreign-trade zone on April 5, 1983 (Docket No. 9-83, 48 FR 16927, 
4/20/83). A public hearing was held on the proposal on May 4. Board action 
is expected in early 1984. 
   The proposed subzone will be located at the GM plant, 801 Boxwood Road,
Wilmington. Employing 4500 workers, the 140-acre facility assembles and 
finishes Chevette and T-1000 model automobiles. Although most of the 
components are of domestic origin, about 4 percent, including optional 
engines and transmissions, seat covers, solenoids, and wiring harnesses, are 
purchased abroad. Some 16 percent of the finished autos are exported. 
   Zone procedures will exempt GM from duty payments on the foreign parts it
uses on its exports. On domestic sales, the company will be able to take 
advantage of the same duty rate available to importers of finished autos. 
Overall, the average duty rate on the foreign components used by GM is 4.3 
percent compared with the rate for finished autos of 2.8 percent. The 
savings from subzone status will contribute to the company's overall cost 
reduction progam, helping its U.S. plants become more competitive with auto 
production plants offshore. 
   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; Edward A. 
Goggin, Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service, Northeast 
Region, 100 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02110; and Lt. Colonel Roger L. 
Baldwin, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Philadelphia, 2nd 
and Chestnut, Philadelphia, PA 19106. 
   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 January 18, 1984. 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 
Port Director's Office, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
New Federal Building, 
844 King St., Room 1218 F, 
Wilmington, DE 19801 and 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1872, 
14th and Pennsylvania, NW., 
Washington, D.C. 20230.  
   Dated December, 12, 1983. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.  
[FR Doc. 83-33473 Filed 12-15-83; 8:45 am]