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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 6-86] 
 
                                   51 FR 7306 
 
                                 March 3, 1986 
 
 
Foreign-Trade Zone 46; Cincinnati, OH; Application for Subzone Honda Auto 
and Motorcycle Engine Plant, Shelby County, OH 
 
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 foreign-trade subzone status for the 
motorcycle and automobile engine manufacturing plant of Honda of America 
Manufacturing, Inc., located in Shelby County, Ohio, some 45 miles north of
the Dayton Customs port of entry. The application was submitted pursuant ot
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 6, 1986. 
 
   On January 12, 1979, the Board authorized subzone status for the Honda of
American motorcycle manufacturing plant in Union County, Ohio (Board Order 
141, 44 FR 4003). The subzone was expanded in May 1982 to include an auto
manufacturing facility (Board Order 191, 47 FR 24760). 
 
   The proposed subzone is located at Meranda and Wenger Roads, Franklin 
Township in Shelby County, some 45 miles north of Dayton. The 505-acre 
facility is used to produce motorcycle engines, employing 83 persons. By 
late summer, auto engines will be added to the plant's product line, 
increasing employment to 160.  

   For the motorcycle engine line, plant operations involve manufacturing 
crankshafts and final assembly. For auto engines, operations include 
manufacturing cylinder blocks and final assembly. Most of the parts used in
both operations are sourced aboard. The finished engines are to be shipped 
to Honda's motorcycle and auto plants in Union County (Subzone 46B), 
replacing engines now imported. 
 
   Zone procedures will exempt Honda from duty payments on the foreign parts
used in engines that are exported. On domestic shipments, the company will 
be able to take advantage of the same duty rate on engine parts that is 
already applicable to the foreign engines used in the subzone. The savings 
will encourage Honda to make maximum use of U.S. production facilities to 
produce parts that otherwise would be imported. 
 
   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; 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 parties. They should be addressed to the Board's Executive 
Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before March 31, 1986.
 
   A copy of the application in available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 
 
 
Port Director's Office, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
Dayton Int'l Airport, 
Vandalia, OH 45377 
 
 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529, 
14th and Pennsylvania NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.  
 
   Dated: February 24, 1986. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.  
[FR Doc. 86-4504 Filed 2-28-86; 8:45 am] 
 
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