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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 2-87] 
                                   52 FR 8634 
                                 March 19, 1987 
Application for Foreign-Trade Subzone Dow Chemical Plant, Midland, Michigan;
Antihistimine Production; Flint, MI; Customs Port of Entry Area  
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) 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), by the City of Flint, Michigan, requesting special-purpose subzone 
procedures for a certain pharmaceutical product manufactured at Dow Chemical
Company's Midland, Michigan plant, adjacent to the Saginaw/Bay City/Flint 
Customs port of entry. The City has a general-purpose foreign-trade zone 
application pending before the Board (Doc 11-85, 50 FR 21638, 5-28-85). The
Dow subzone application was formally filed on February 24, 1987. 
   Dow Chemical Company, headquartered in Midland, Michigan, is the world's
sixth largest producer of chemicals. It has 133 plants in 31 countries, with
world-wide sales of some $11 billion. 
   The proposed subzone would encompass Building 827 at Dow's Midland plant,
"G" and 19th Streets, Midland, Michigan. While the plant produces a variety
of chemical and pharmaceutical substances, this application requests subzone
authority only for its production of Terfenadine, a non-sedating FDA-approved
antihistimine [Alpha-[(4-(1,1-dimethylethyl) phenyl)]-4 (hydroxydipheny 
methyl)-1-piperidine butanol]. The primary active ingredient is Terfenadone 
[1-(4-(1,1-dimethylethyl) phenyl)-4-(4-hydroxydiphenyl methyl) 1-piperidinyl)
1-butanone], the only component which is sourced abroad. Some 20 percent 
of the finished product is exported. 
   Zone procedures would allow Dow to make its domestic Customs entries on 
the finished product, Terfenadine, which is duty-free under duty suspension 
lelgislation (TSUS 906.51). The duty rate on Terfenadone is 13.5 percent. 
Subzone procedures will help Dow's Midland plant compete for the production
of this product with its overseas plants. 
   In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has 
been appointed to investigate the application and report to the Board. The
committee consists of: Dennis Puccinelli, Foreign-Trade Zones Staff, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; William L. Morandini, District
Director, U.S. Customs Service, North Central Region, 477 Michigan Ave., 
Detroit, MI 48226; and Colonel Robert F. Harris, District Engineer, U.S. 
Army District Detroit, P.O. Box 1027, Detroit, MI 48231. 
   Comments concerning the proposed subzone are invited in writing from 
interested parties. They should be addressed to the Board's Executive 
Secretary at the addresss below and postmarked on or before April 20, 1987.
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 
U.S. Customs Service, 
Port Director's Office, 
P.O. Box 528, 
Bay City, MI 48707  
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529, 
14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.  
   Dated: March 16, 1987. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executivie Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 87-5978 Filed 3-18-87; 8:45 am]