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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 13-85] 
 
                                  50 FR 23752 
 
                                  June 5, 1985 
 
 
Foreign-Trade Zone 72 -- Indianapolis, IN; Application for Subzones at 
Chrysler Auto Parts Plants 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Indianapolis Airport Authority, grantee of Foreign-Trade 
Zone 72, requesting special-purpose subzone status for three auto components 
manufacturing plants of the Chrysler Corporation in the Indianapolis 
Customs port of entry area. 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 28, 1985.  
 
   The proposed subzones would be located at Chrysler plants in Indianapolis,
Kokomo and New Castle, Indiana, which employ a total of some 8,000 persons. 
The Indianapolis plant covers 83 acres at 2900 No. Shadeland Ave. and is 
used to produce electrical components such as alternators, power steering 
units, starters and distributors. The Kokomo plant involves two contiguous 
facilities totalling 134 acres at 2401 So. Reed St., which are used to 
produce transmissions. The New Castle plant is a steering and drive train 
components production facility covering 91 acres at 1817 I Ave. The 
components are shipped to Chrysler's plants in the U.S. and abroad. 
 
   Zone procedures would allow Chrysler to export finished components 
without paying Customs duties on foreign materials. On the products used at
its domestic auto assembly plants, the company would be able to take 
advantage of the same duty rate that is available to importers of finished 
autos. The main foreign component is bearings. The duty rate on bearings 
is 11.0 percent, whereas the rate for finished autos is 2.6 percent. The 
savings from subzone status would contribute to the company's overall cost 
reduction program, helping its U.S. plants become more competitive with 
auto plants abroad. 
 
   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; John F. Nelson,
District Director, U.S. Customs Service, North Central Region, 6th Floor, 
Plaza Nine Bldg., 55 Erieview Plaza, Cleveland, OH 44114; and Colonel 
Dwayne G. Lee, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Louisville, 
P.O. Box 59, Louisville, KY 40201. 
 
   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 July 8, 1985.  

   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 
 
 
U.S. Dept. of Commerce District Office, 
357 U.S. Courthouse/Federal Office Bldg., 
46 E. Ohio Street, 
Indianapolis, IN 46204 
 
 
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: May 30, 1985. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.  
[FR Doc. 85-13522 Filed 6-4-85; 8:45 am] 
 
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