DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 26-85]
50 FR 31756
August 6, 1985
Foreign-Trade Zone 70 -- Detroit, MI; Application for Subzone Chrysler
Engine Plant, Trenton
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 Chrysler
Corporation engine plant in Trenton, 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 July 29, 1985.
The proposed subzone would cover 81 acres within Chrysler's 136-acre
engine plant at 2000 Van Horn Road, Trenton (Wayne County), some 30 miles
southwest of Detroit. The facility is used to manufacture four-cylinder
engines, employing 2600 persons. Certain parts are sourced abroad, such as
engine heads and fuel-injector parts. Some of the products are exported.
Zone procedures will allow Chrysler to avoid duty payment on foreign
parts used in its exports. On its shipments of engines to U.S. auto
assembly plants with subzone status, the company will be able to take
advantage of the same duty rate available to importers of complete
automobiles. The duty rate for engine heads and fuel-injector parts is 3.3
and 5.3 percent, whereas the rate for complete 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; 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 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,
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: August 1, 1985.
Dennis M. Puccinelli,
Acting Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 18625 Filed 8-5-85; 8:45 am]
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