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                             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 
Raleigh-Durham Airport 
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., 
   Executive Secretary.  
[FR Doc. 84-29567 Filed 11-8-84; 8:45 am]