(Cite as: 58 FR 50330)
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zone 21--Dorchester County, South Carolina; Application for
Expansion and Request for Processing Authority (Auto Audio Systems)
Monday, September 27, 1993
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
Board) by the South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCPA), grantee of FTZ
21, requesting authority to expand FTZ 21 to include the Port of Charleston
terminal complex and requesting processing authority within FTZ 21,
Charleston, South Carolina, within the Charleston 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 September 14, 1993.
FTZ 21 was approved on June 12, 1975 (Board Order 106, 40 FR 25613,
6/17/75). It currently consists of 20 acres within the 200-acre Tri-County
Industrial Park, located 2.5 miles west of Summerville, South Carolina, in
The applicant is now requesting authority to expand the zone to include
SCPA's terminal complex at the Port of Charleston (8 parcels, 2,040 acres):
Parcel 1 (6 acres)--Trident Industrial Park, Hanahan; Parcel 2 (13
acres)--New Orleans Cold Storage, North Charleston; Parcel 3 (193
acres)--North Charleston Terminal, North Charleston; Parcel 4 (799
acres)--planned Daniel Island Container Terminal, Charleston; Parcel 5 (125
acres)--"Coal Tipple" expansion area, Charleston; Parcel 6 (671
acres)--Wando Terminal, Mount Pleasant; Parcel 7 (158 acres)--Columbus
Street Terminal, Charleston; and, Parcel 8 (75 acres) Union Pier Terminal,
The proposed processing activity involves the installation of foreign
sourced auto audio components and systems into automobiles assembled
abroad. The duty rates for the audio components range from 3.7 to 8.0
percent. Zone procedures would allow the company to pay duties on the
installed items when formal Customs entry is made on the finished auto
(duty rate 2.5%). The request indicates that zone procedures would
encourage installation activity in the U.S. rather than abroad.
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 26, 1993. Rebuttal comments in response to material
submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the
subsequent 15-day period (to December 13, 1993).
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available for
public inspection at each of the following locations:
U.S. Department of Commerce,
District Office, room 128 C Long Building,
9 Liberty Street,
Charleston, South Carolina 29424.
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 17, 1993.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
(FR Doc. 93-23642 Filed 9-24-93; 8:45 am)