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Notification of Proposed Production Activity, BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC, Subzone 38A, (Motor Vehicles), Spartanburg, South Carolina

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Notification of Proposed Production Activity, BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC, Subzone 38A, (Motor Vehicles), Spartanburg, South Carolina

Elizabeth Whiteman
Department of Commerce
June 19, 2015

[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 118 (Friday, June 19, 2015)]
[Pages 35302-35303]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-15147]



Foreign-Trade Zones Board


Notification of Proposed Production Activity, BMW Manufacturing 
Co., LLC, Subzone 38A, (Motor Vehicles), Spartanburg, South Carolina

    BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC (BMWMC), operator of Subzone 38A, 
submitted a notification of proposed production activity to the FTZ 
Board for its facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The notification 
conforming to the requirements of the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 
CFR 400.22) was received on June 3, 2015.
    BMWMC already has authority to produce passenger sedans, coupes, 
and sport utility vehicles. The current request would add a new 
finished product (passenger vehicle bodies) and foreign-status 
materials and components to the scope of authority. Pursuant to 15 CFR 
400.14(b), additional FTZ authority would be limited to the specific 
foreign-status materials and components and specific finished products 
described in the submitted notification (as described below) and 
subsequently authorized by the FTZ Board.
    Production under FTZ procedures could exempt BMWMC from customs 
duty payments on the foreign status materials and components used in 
export production. On its domestic sales, BMWMC would be able to choose 
the duty rate during customs entry procedures that applies to passenger 
motor vehicles and related bodies (duty rate 2.5%) for the foreign 
status materials and components noted below and in the existing scope 
of authority. Customs duties also could possibly be deferred or reduced 
on foreign status production equipment.
    The materials and components sourced from abroad include: first-aid 
kits; acrylic/vinyl paints; trunk lid adhesives; acoustic absorber 
foams; tire sealants; rubber assembly gaskets; tires; felt strips 
(HTSUS Subheadings 5602.10, 5602.90); damping strips (Subheading 
5602.90); tufted floor coverings; carpet sets; velcro straps; glass; 
windshields; steel flanges; iron/

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steel coupling locks; suppression band assemblies; earthing strap hinge 
hatch assemblies; iron/steel rivets; diesel engines; air-conditioner 
assemblies; air-conditioner tubes/lines; windshield washer assemblies; 
jacks; metal gaskets; flange seals; electric motors/converters/
chargers; wiper motors; power supplies; batteries (lead acid, lithium-
ion); electric lamps/lights/signals; reflectors; sound signaling 
equipment/horns; windshield wiper systems and arms; light-emitting 
diodes; heater assemblies; telematics communication boxes/media 
assemblies; GPS assemblies; microphone assemblies; speaker assemblies 
and related components; earphone module assemblies; amplifier 
assemblies; monitor assemblies; acoustic pads; TV tuner modules/
assemblies/antennas; cameras; radio navigation equipment/remote 
controls/receivers/antennas; antenna covers; signal and sound display 
modules; alarm systems; indicator panels; electromagnetic filter 
interference assemblies; suppression filter assemblies; accelerator 
modules; control modules; carrier plates; sensors (wheel speed ID, oil 
temperature, gas temperature, pressure, oxygen, exhaust, rain, park 
assist, yaw); wiring harnesses; USB cables; audio amplifier assemblies; 
auxiliary cables; speedometers; tachometers; sensor rods; and, 
cigarette lighters (duty rate ranges from free to 10.6%). Inputs 
included in certain textile categories (classified within HTSUS 
Subheadings 5602.10 and 5602.90) will be admitted to Subzone 38A under 
privileged foreign status (19 CFR 146.41), thereby precluding inverted 
tariff benefits on such items.
    Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions 
shall be addressed to the FTZ Board's Executive Secretary at the 
address below. The closing period for their receipt is July 29, 2015.
    A copy of the notification will be available for public inspection 
at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
Room 21013, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, 
Washington, DC 20230-0002, and in the ``Reading Room'' section of the 
FTZ Board's Web site, which is accessible via www.trade.gov/ftz.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pierre Duy at Pierre.Duy@trade.gov or 
(202) 482-1378.

    Dated: June 12, 2015.
Elizabeth Whiteman,
Acting Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2015-15147 Filed 6-18-15; 8:45 am]

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