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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 24-86] 
 
                                  51 FR 26729 
 
                                 July 25, 1986 
 
 
Foreign-Trade Zone 66 -- Wilmington, NC; Application for Subzone American 
Hoist and Derrick Crane Manufacturing Plant 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the North Carolina State Department of Commerce, grantee of 
FTZ 66, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the crane 
manufacturing plant of American Hoist and Derrick Company (Amhoist) in 
Wilmington, North Carolina, within the Wilmington 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 14, 1986. 
 
   The Amhoist plant is located on a 240-acre parcel off Vance St. in 
Wilmington. It was recently built to replace the company's other 13 plants
and scale-down its manufacturing. The facility will produce truck, crawler,
locomotive, and revolving cranes, and related parts and equipment, 
employing 700 persons. Parts and material to be sourced abroad include 
engines, hydraulic motors, bearings, sleeving rings, sprockets, roller 
track, wire rope, and steel plate, bar and tube. Amhoist historically has 
exported over 40 percent of its output. 
 
   Zone procedures would allow Amhoist to avoid duty payments on the foreign
materials used in its exports. On its domestic sales, the company would be 
allowed to take advantage of the same duty rate available to importers of 
complete cranes. The duty rate for truck cranes is 3.9 percent, and for 
crawler cranes, 2.4 percent, whereas the rates on foreign material range 
from 3.2 to 11.0 percent. Zone 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; Howard Cooperman,
Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service, Southeast 
Region, 99 SE. 5th St., Miami, FL 33131; and Colonel Paul W. Woodbury, 
District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District, Wilmington, P.O. Box 1890,
Wilmington, NC 28402.   

   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 September 5, 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, 
One Virginia Ave., 
Wilmington, NC 28401 
 
 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529, 
14th & Pennsylvania NW., 
Washington, DC 20230  
 
   Dated: July 15, 1986. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.  
[FR Doc. 86-16781 Filed 7-24-86; 8:45 am] 
 
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