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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 19-87] 
 
                                  52 FR 37995 
 
                                October 13, 1987 
 
 
Foreign-Trade Zone 8, Toledo, OH; Application for Subzone, Chrysler Auto 
Components Plants, Toledo Area 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, grantee of FTZ 8, 
requesting special-purpose subzone status for three Toledo-area plants of 
the Chrysler Corporation, which produce a variety of components for its 
North American auto assembly operations. The application was submitted 
pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended 
(19 U.S.C. 81a through 81u), and the regulations of the Board (15 CFR Part
400). It was formally filed on September 8, 1987. 
 
  The three Chrysler plants, which employ a total of some 1,800 persons, 
are: The Toledo Machining Plant (169 acres), 8000 Chrysler Drive, Perrysburg
(transmission, steering and brake components); the Plastics Plant (22 
acres), 3130 W. Monroe, Sandusky (vinyl products); and, the Amplex Plant 
(38 acres), 1180 Kear Rd., Van Wert (clutch plates, steering couplings, 
connecting rod caps, rotors and other mechanical parts). 
 
   Certain parts and materials for these plants are sourced abroad, 
including vinyl roll goods, bearings, rotors, sprockets, and parts for 
transmission, steering and brake components. Foreign materials account for
less than 5 percent of total production costs at Chrysler plants. 
 
   Zone procedures would exempt Chrysler from Customs duties on the foreign
components that are reexported either as auto parts or in assembled autos. 
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 duty rates on components used at the
five plants range from 3.3 to 11.0 percent, whereas the rate on autos is 
2.5 percent. The savings would 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; John Nelson, 
District Director, U.S. Customs Service, North Central Region, 6th Floor, 
Plaza Nine Bldg., 55 Erieview Plaza, Cleveland, OH 44114; 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 shall be addressed to the Board's Executive 
Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before November 16, 
1987.  
 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of
the following locations: 
 
 
Port Director's Office, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
234 No. Summit St., Room 704, 
Toledo, OH 43604 
 
 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529, 
Washington, DC 20230. 
 
   Dated: October 5, 1987. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.  
[FR Doc. 87-23639 Filed 10-9-87; 8:45 am] 
 
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