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.,
[FR Doc. 85-13522 Filed 6-4-85; 8:45 am]
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