DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zone 53, Tulsa, OK; Application for Expansion and Request for
Manufacturing Authority Mercury Marine (Marine Engines)
Tuesday, September 22, 1992
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
Board) by the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority, grantee of FTZ 53,
requesting authority to expand its zone in the northeastern Oklahoma area,
and requesting authority on behalf of the Mercury Marine Division of the
Brunswick Corporation (Mercury), to manufacture marine engines and drives
under zone procedures within the expanded zone. 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 September 9, 1992.
FTZ 53 was approved on December 7, 1979 (Board Order 151, 44 FR 76382,
12/26/79), and currently consists of 57 acres within the 2,000-acre port
terminal and industrial park of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa in Rogers County,
on the Arkansas River Navigation system, some 15 miles east of the City of
The applicant is now requesting authority to expand the general-purpose
zone by adding 4 new sites (3,100 acres) in the northeast Oklahoma area:
Site 1 (1,731 acres)--within the eastern portion of the 3,500-acre Tulas
International Airport, owned by the City and operated by the Tulsa Airport
Improvement Trust; Site 2 (750 acres)--within the 9,000-acre MidAmerica
Industrial Park in Mayes County, owned by the Oklahoma Ordnance Works
Authority; Site 3 (160 acres)--the Bartlesville Industrial Park on U.S.
Highway 60 and Bison road, Bartlesville (Washington County), owned by the
City of Bartlesville; Site 4 (500 acres)-- within the 1,500-acre Stillwater
Industrial Park, east of U.S. Highway 177 in Stillwater (Payne County), to
be operated by the Stillwater Industrial Foundation.
The Mercury plant is located at 3003 North Perkins Road, within the
Stillwater Industrial Park. The facility is used for the manufacture of
marine engines and stern drive units. Among the foreign components used by
the company are: carburetors, diesel engines, trim cylinders, coil,
alternators, bevel gear, transmissions, steering gear and pulleys. Some of
the finished units are exported.
Zone procedures will exempt Mercury from Customs duty payments on foreign
components used in production for export. On its domestic sales, the
company would be able to choose the finished product duty rate (duty free).
The duty rates on the foreign components range from 2 to 4 percent. The
company also produces a limited number of customized auto engines, but does
not request authority to use zone procedures for these engines.
In accordance with the Board's regulations (as revised, 56 FR 50790- 50808,
10-8-91), a member of the FTZ Staff has been designated examiner to
investigate the application and report to the Board.
Public comment on the application is invited from interested parties.
Submissions (original and 3 copies) shall be addressed to the Board's
Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their
receipt is November 23, 1992. Rebuttal comments in response to material
submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the
subsequent 15-day period (to December 7, 1992).
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available for
public inspection at each of the following locations:
Office of the Port Director,
U.S. Customs Service, Tulsa International Airport,
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74115.
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, room 3716,
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: September 11, 1992.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.
(FR Doc. 92-22981 Filed 9-21-92; 8:45am)