Import Administration
FTZ Staff Contact Information
last update: September 2002 

[Docket 84-96]

Foreign-Trade Zone 167--Green Bay, WI, Application for Subzone
Status, Polaris Industries, Inc., Plant (Internal-Combustion Engines),
Osceola, WI

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by Brown County, Wisconsin, grantee of FTZ 167, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the small internal-combustion engine manufacturing plant of Polaris Industries, Inc. (Polaris), located in Osceola, Wisconsin. 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 December 11, 1996.

The Polaris plant (45,000 sq. ft.) is located at 108 Industrial Drive in Osceola (Polk County), Wisconsin, some 50 miles east of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. The facility (30 employees) is used to produce spark-ignition internal combustion engines (up to 1,050 cc in size) to equip recreational vehicles (snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, personal watercraft) that are manufactured in Polaris' other U.S. plants. Components purchased from abroad include: crankshafts, cylinder heads, Bendix assemblies, connecting rods, pistons, flywheels, ignition coils, stators, housings, starters, recoil assemblies (1996 duty rate range: free-3.6%). The application indicates that 30-39 percent of all parts (by value) are purchased from U.S. suppliers.

Zone procedures would exempt Polaris from Customs duty payments on the foreign components used in export production. On its domestic sales, Polaris would be able to choose the lower duty rate that applies to the finished engines (duty free) for the foreign components noted above. The application indicates that the savings from zone procedures would help improve the plant's 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, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to March 3, 1997).

A copy of the application and the accompanying exhibits will be available for public inspection at each of the following locations:

U.S. Export Assistance Center, 108 Federal Building, 110 South Fourth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401 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 11, 1996. Dennis Puccinelli, Acting Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 96-32116 Filed 12-17-96; 8:45 am]