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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 22-85] 
                                  50 FR 27471 
                                  July 3, 1985 
Foreign-Trade Zone 70; Detroit, MI; Application for Subzone at Mazda Auto 
Plant in Flat Rock 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Greater Detroit Foreign-Trade Zone, Inc., grantee of 
Foreign-Trade Zone 70, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the 
automobile manufacturing plant of Mazda Motor Manufacturing (USA) Corporation
(MMUC) in Flat Rock, Michigan, adjacent to the Detroit 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 June 10, 1985. 
   The proposed subzone would be located at Gibralter Rd. and Interstate 75 
in Flat Rock, Wayne County, Michigan, where a 350 acre facility is under 
construction. It will employ 3500 persons to produce compact automobiles. 
At the outset, about half the value of the auto will involve foreign parts 
and material such as engines, transmissions, steering gears, brake 
assemblies, steel and some subframe components. The company plans to 
substantially increase domestic sourcing over the next few years. Some 
exports are expected.   

   Zone procedures will allow Mazda to avoid duty payments on the foreign 
parts used in its exports. On its domestic sales the company will be able to 
take advantage of the same duty rate available to importers of finished 
autos. The duty rates on most of the components ranges from 2.0 to 8.0 
percent whereas the duty rate on finished autos is 2.6 percent. Subzone 
status will be an important factor in full utilization of this plant. 
   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; William 
Morandini, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, North Central Region, 
477 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48226; and Colonel Raymond T. Beurket, 
District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Detroit, P.O. Box 1027, 
Detroit, MI 48231. 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 August 9, 1985.  
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 
U.S. Dept. of Commerce District Office, 
445 Federal Bldg, 231 W. Lafayette, 
Detroit, MI 48226 
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: June 27, 1985 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 85-15891 Filed 7-2-85; 8:45 am]