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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 10-85] 
 
                                  51 FR 10246 
 
                                 March 25, 1986 
 
 
Foreign-Trade Zone 22 -- Chicago, IL; Application for Subzone Foster 
Loudspeaker Plant, Schaumburg 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Illinois International Port District, successor to the 
Chicago Regional Port District, grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 22, requesting
special-purpose subzone status for the automobile loudspeaker plant of 
Foster Electric (U.S.A.), Inc. (Foster), located in Schaumburg, Illinois, 
within the Chicago 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 February 25, 1986. 
 
   The 4.8-acre facility, located at 1751 Wilkening Court, Schaumburg, 
imports, inspects, tests, labels, and packages loudspeakers for automobile
stereo systems. The company plans to expand operations to include light 
assembly, adding some domestic material to the foreign components. Most of 
the speakers are shipped to U.S. auto assembly plants. Some 11 percent are
exported.  
 
   Zone procedures would allow Foster to export finished components without
paying Customs duties on foreign materials. On the products shipped to U.S.
auto assembly plants with subzone status, the company would be able to take
advantage of the same duty rate available to importers of finished autos. 
The duty rate on the loudspeakers and components imported by Foster is 5.6 
percent, whereas the rate for finished autos is 2.6 percent. The savings 
from subzone status would contribute to the cost-saving efforts at U.S. 
auto plants, helping U.S. facilities become more competitive with 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, DC 20230; Richard Roster, 
District Director, U.S. Customs Service, North Central Region, 610 South 
Canal Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607; and Lt. Colonel Frank R. Finch, 
District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Chicago, 219 S. Dearborn 
Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604.  
 
   Comments concerning the proposed subzone are invited in writing from 
interested parties. They should be addressed to the Board's Executive 
Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before April 24, 1986.
 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each 
of the following locations: 
 
 
U.S. Dept. of Commerce District Office, 
1406 Mid Continental Plaza Bldg., 
55 East Monroe Street, 
Chicago, Illinois 60603. 
 
 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529, 
14th and Pennsylvania, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.  
 
   Dated: March 20, 1986. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 86-6526 Filed 3-24-86; 8:45 am] 
 
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