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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 15-86] 
                                  51 FR 17506 
                                  May 13, 1986 
Foreign-Trade Zone 90, Onondaga County, New York Syracuse Customs Port of 
Entry; Application for Subzone Chrysler Transmission Plant 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the County of Syracuse, New York, grantee of Foreign-Trade 
Zone 90, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the transmission 
manufacturing plant of Chrysler Corporation in Onondaga County, New York, 
adjacent to the Syracuse 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 May 2, 1986. 
   The Chrysler plant is located on a 129-acre site at 6600 Chrysler Drive,
in the Town of Dewitt in the East Syracuse area. The facility, operated by
the company's New Process Gear Division, is used to manufacture and 
distribute manual transmissions, employing some 3,000 persons. Approximately
1 to 2 percent of the components used are purchased from abroad, including 
cases, bearings, gears, and synchromesh rings. Some complete transmissions 
and transaxles are imported. The finished products are shipped mainly to 
Chrysler vehicle assembly plants. 
   Zone procedures would exempt Chrysler from Customs duties on the foreign
material that is reexported. On 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 complete automobiles. The rate
on the transmission components ranges from 3 to 11 percent, whereas the 
rate on autos is 2.6 percent. The savings will help improve the company's 
international competitiveness. 
   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; Edward A. Goggin,
Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service, Northeast Region, 
100 Summer St., Boston, MA 02110; and Colonel Daniel R. Clark, District 
Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Buffalo, 1776 Niagara St., Buffalo, 
NY 14207.   

   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 June 12, 1986. 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 

Port Director's Office, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
Federal Bldg., Rm 1219, 
100 South Clinton St., 
Syracuse, New York 13260 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Rm 1529, 
14th and Pennsylvania NW., 
Washington, DC 20230  
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.  
[FR Doc. 86-10743 Filed 5-12-86; 8:45 am]