DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 24-85]
50 FR 31756
August 6, 1985
Foreign-Trade Zone 46 -- Cincinnati, OH; Application for Subzone General
Motors Auto Plant, Norwood
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Greater Cincinnati Foreign-Trade Zone, Inc., grantee
of Foreign-Trade Zone 46, requesting special-purpose subzone status at the
automobile manufacturing plant of General Motors Corporation in Norwood,
Ohio, adjacent to the Cincinnati Customs port of entry. The application was
submitted pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zone Act, as
amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the regulations of the Board (15 CFR Part
400). It was formally filed on July 22, 1985.
The proposed subzone is located at 4726 Smith Road, Norwood, some 7 miles
northeast of downtown Cincinnati. The 59-acre facility employs 3900 persons
and is used to produce Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird automobiles.
Some two percent of the parts are dutiable, such as wiring harnesses,
wheels, seat covers, transmissions, rear axles and radios. Some of the
autos are exported.
Zone procedures would allow GM to avoid duty payments on foreign parts
used in its exports. On its domestic sales, the company will be able to
take advantage of the same duty rate that is available to importers of
finished autos. The average rate for the parts GM uses is 4.2 percent
whereas the rate for finished autos is 2.6 percent. These savings would
contribute to the company's overall cost reduction program, helping its
U.S. plants to 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 September 12, 1985.
A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of
the following locations:
U.S. Dept. of Commerce District Office,
9504 Federal Office Bldg.,
550 Main St.,
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529,
14th and Pennsylvania, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20230
Dated: August 1, 1985.
Dennis M. Puccinelli,
Acting Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 18623 Filed 8-5-85; 8:45 am]
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