DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 48-84]
49 FR 44779
November 9, 1984
Foreign-Trade Zone 66, Wilmington, NC; Application for Subzone for Honda
Power Equipment Company in Alamance County
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, grantee of
Foreign-Trade Zone 66, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the
lawnmower production plant of Honda Power Equipment Company in Alamance
County, North Carolina, adjacent to the Durham 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 30, 1984. The applicant
is authorized to make this proposal under Chapter 55 C-1 of the North
Carolina General Statutes.
The proposed subzone will be at Honda's plant on Highway 119 near the
intersection of Highway 54, outside Burlington in Alamance County. The 69-
acre facility employs ninety persons producing power lawnmower and
lawnmower parts. Parts imported for the assembly process include the
engine, clutch, wire cable, safety shield, handle stay, discharge guard,
scroll guide and control box. Export activity is planned.
Zone procedures will exempt Honda from duty payments on the foreign
parts used in its exports. On domestic sales the company would benefit
primarily from duty deferral, because the duty rate on most lawnmower parts
is equal to or less than the rate on lawnmowers (6.3 percent). It appears
that the only components subject to higher duties that would be reduced
under subzone procedures are the clutch (7.6 percent) and wire cable (7.6
percent). Subzone status would serve as an incentive for this type of
import-substitution activity, and help encourage the fullest possible
utilization of the new plant by improving its productivity.
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, DC. 20230; Howard C.
Cooperman, Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner, I & C, U.S. Customs
Service, Southeast Region, 99 SE. 5th Street, Miami, FL 33131; and Colonel
Wayne A. Hanson, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Wilmington,
P.O. Box 1890, Wilmington, NC 28402.
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 10, 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
Rt. 1, Box 508
Morrisville, NC 27560
Office of the Executive Secretary
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529
14th and Pennsylvania, NW.
Washington, D.C. 20230.
Dated: November 6, 1984.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 84-29567 Filed 11-8-84; 8:45 am]
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