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Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 50--Long Beach, California; Notification of Proposed Production Activity; Mercedes Benz USA, LLC, (Accessorizing Passenger Motor Vehicles); Long Beach, California

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Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 50--Long Beach, California; Notification of Proposed Production Activity; Mercedes Benz USA, LLC, (Accessorizing Passenger Motor Vehicles); Long Beach, California

Elizabeth Whiteman
Department of Commerce
1 June 2017


[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 104 (Thursday, June 1, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 25239-25240]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-11324]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Foreign-Trade Zones Board

[B-33-2017]


Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 50--Long Beach, California; Notification 
of Proposed Production Activity; Mercedes Benz USA, LLC, (Accessorizing 
Passenger Motor Vehicles); Long Beach, California

    The Port of Long Beach, California, grantee of FTZ 50, submitted a 
notification of proposed production activity to the FTZ Board on behalf 
of Mercedes Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA), located in Long Beach, California. 
The notification conforming to the requirements of the regulations of 
the FTZ Board (15 CFR 400.22) was received on May 8, 2017.
    MBUSA already has FTZ authority for accessorizing passenger motor 
vehicles within Site 41 of FTZ 50. The current request would add 
foreign-status materials/components to the scope of authority. Pursuant 
to 15 CFR 400.14(b), FTZ activity would be limited to the specific 
foreign-status materials and components described in the submitted 
notification (as described below) and subsequently authorized by the 
FTZ Board.
    Production under FTZ procedures could exempt MBUSA from customs 
duty payments on the foreign-status components used in export 
production. On its domestic sales, MBUSA would be able to choose the 
duty rate during customs entry procedures that applies to passenger 
motor vehicles (duty rate--2.5%) for the foreign-status inputs noted 
below and in the existing scope of authority. Customs duties also could 
possibly be deferred or reduced on foreign-status production equipment.
    The components and materials sourced from abroad include plastic 
statuettes and other ornamental articles, carpets of man-made fibers, 
smart cards/memory cards for data storage and steering wheels (duty 
rates range from free to 5.3%). The applicant indicates that carpets of 
man-made fibers would be admitted to the FTZ in privileged foreign 
status (19 CFR 146.41). This would preclude inverted tariff benefits on 
the foreign-status carpets used in its domestic sales of passenger 
motor vehicles.

[[Page 25240]]

    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 11, 2017.
    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 Diane Finver at 
Diane.Finver@trade.gov or (202) 482-1367.

    Dated: May 26, 2017.
Elizabeth Whiteman,
Acting Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-11324 Filed 5-31-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P

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