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Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 134--Chattanooga, Tennessee; Notification of Proposed Production Activity; Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC; (Motor Vehicles); Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 134--Chattanooga, Tennessee; Notification of Proposed Production Activity; Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC; (Motor Vehicles); Chattanooga, Tennessee

Andrew McGilvray
Department of Commerce
22 February 2016


[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 34 (Monday, February 22, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Page 8682]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-03633]


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 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Foreign-Trade Zones Board

[B-7-2016]


Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 134--Chattanooga, Tennessee; 
Notification of Proposed Production Activity; Volkswagen Group of 
America Chattanooga Operations, LLC; (Motor Vehicles); Chattanooga, 
Tennessee

    The Chattanooga Chamber Foundation, grantee of FTZ 134, submitted a 
notification of proposed production activity to the FTZ Board on behalf 
of Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC (VGACO), 
located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The notification conforming to the 
requirements of the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR 400.22) was 
received on February 10, 2016.
    VGACO already has authority to produce passenger sedans, sport 
utility vehicles, and minivans within Site 3 of FTZ 134. The current 
request would add certain 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 VGACO from customs 
duty payments on the foreign status materials and components used in 
export production. On its domestic sales, VGACO 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 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: Plastic 
hoses; door joint seals; USB hubs; microphones; software; memory cards; 
and, tip switches (duty rate ranges from free to 3.1%).
    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 April 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: February 16, 2016.
Andrew McGilvray,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-03633 Filed 2-19-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P

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