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Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 83-96]

Foreign-Trade Zone 210--St. Clair County, MI; Request for
Manufacturing Authority, Petri, Inc. (Automotive Steering Wheels/
Related Components)

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Port Huron-St. Clair County Industrial Development Corporation, grantee of FTZ 210, pursuant to Sec. 400.28(a)(2) of the Board's regulations (15 CFR Part 400), requesting authority on behalf of Petri, Inc. (Petri) (a subsidiary of Petri AG, Germany) to manufacture automotive steering wheels and related components under FTZ procedures within FTZ 210. It was formally filed on December 10, 1996.

The Petri facilities (134,000 sq. ft. on 18 acres) are located within Site 2 of FTZ 210 at 2223 Dove Street, Port Huron Industrial Park, City of Port Huron, Michigan. The Petri facilities (270 employees) are used to manufacture automotive steering wheels, airbag modules and covers, and clocksprings (for airbag deployment). Components sourced from abroad (from 13 to 82% of finished product material value) include: wheel frames, airbag modules, clocksprings, foam inserts, contact rings, wiring harnesses, electrical switches, vliesses, and terminal covers (duty rate range: 2.9-7.5%). The application indicates that 50 percent of the facilities' shipments are exported.

FTZ procedures would exempt Petri from Customs duty payments on the foreign components used in export production. On its domestic sales, Petri would be able to choose the duty rates during Customs entry procedures that apply to finished steering wheels and airbag components (2.9, 4.2%) for the foreign inputs noted above. The motor vehicle duty rate (2.5%) could apply to the finished steering wheels and airbag components that are shipped to U.S. motor vehicle assembly plants with subzone status for manufacture into finished motor vehicles under FTZ procedures. The request indicates that the savings from FTZ procedures would help improve the facilities' international competitiveness.

In accordance with the Board's regulations, 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 three copies) shall be addressed to the Board's Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their receipt is February 18, 1996. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to March 5, 1997.)

A copy of the application and the accompanying exhibits will be available for public inspection at the following location: Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 3716, 14th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230-0002.

Dated: December 10, 1996. Dennis Puccinelli, Acting Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 96-32117 Filed 12-17-96; 8:45 am]