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Notification of Proposed Production Activity; BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC, Subzone 38A (Motor Vehicle Body Parts and Lithium-Ion Batteries), Spartanburg, South Carolina

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Notification of Proposed Production Activity; BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC, Subzone 38A (Motor Vehicle Body Parts and Lithium-Ion Batteries), Spartanburg, South Carolina

Andrew McGilvray
Department of Commerce
November 23, 2015


[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 225 (Monday, November 23, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Page 72948]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-29811]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Foreign-Trade Zones Board

[B-79-2015]


Notification of Proposed Production Activity; BMW Manufacturing 
Co., LLC, Subzone 38A (Motor Vehicle Body Parts and Lithium-Ion 
Batteries), 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 October 27, 2015.
    BMWMC already has authority to produce passenger sedans, coupes, 
sport utility vehicles, and related bodies. The current request would 
add new finished products (stamped body parts, lithium-ion batteries) 
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 rates during customs entry procedures that apply to stamped 
body parts and lithium-ion batteries (duty rates: 2.5% and 3.4%, 
respectively) 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: Lithium-
ion cell modules; polyester fleece vent pads (HTSUS Subheadings 
5911.90); water heater units with sensors; trunk lid spindle drives; 
dynamic stability/variable damper control devices; engine support/
liquid filled mounts; TV video monitors; TV receiver modules 
assemblies; trunk lid noise suppression filters; night vision modules; 
and heads up display modules (duty rate ranges from free to 5.0%). 
Inputs classified within HTSUS Subheading 5911.90 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 January 4, 2016.
    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: November 16, 2015.
Andrew McGilvray,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2015-29811 Filed 11-20-15; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P

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