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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                                 [Docket 36-88] 
                                  53 FR 46101 
                               November 16, 1988 
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce; Application for Subzone; Miles 
Pharmaceutical Plant, West Haven, CT 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, requesting
special-purpose subzone status for the pharmaceutical plant of Miles, Inc.,
in West Haven, Connecticut. The application was submitted pursuant to the 
provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-91u), 
and the regulations of the Board (15 CFR Part 400). It was formally filed on
November 7, 1988. The applicant has an application pending with the Board for
a general-purpose foreign-trade zone in North Haven, Connecticut (FTZ Doc. 
16-88, 53 FR 9132, 3/21/88). 
   The Miles plant (51 acres) is located at 400 Morgan Lane in West Haven. 
The facility employs some 1,500 persons and is used to produce a number of 
pharmaceutical products such as antibiotics, antifungals, anti-infectives,
and beta blockers. Miles sources many of the bulk active ingredients and 
materials abroad, such as nifdipine, azlocillin, nitrendipine, 
ciprofloxacin, desonide, diethylstilbestrol ipsapiron, mezocillin sodium, 
mycospor, niclocide, nimodipine, nisoldipine, praziquantel, biltricide, 
applicators, and gauze. The foreign material accounts for some 65 percent 
of direct costs. Some of the products are exported.  

   Zone procedures would exempt Miles from Customs duty payments on foreign
materials used in its exports. On its domestic sales, the company will be
able to choose the same duty rate that applies to finished pharmaceutical
products. Although the active ingredients have the same duty rate as the 
finished products under the current tariff schedule, the applicant 
indicates that under the Harmonized Tariff System, which goes into effect
on January 1, 1989, the ingredients will have rates ranging from 7.4 to 
81. percent, whereas the end products will have rates of 6.2 or 6.3 
percent. The application indicates that zone savings would help improve 
the plant's international competitiveness.  
   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 (Chairman), Foreign-Trade Zones 
Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; Edward A. Goggin,
Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service, Northeast Region, 
100 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02110; and Colonel Thomas A. Rhen,
Division Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer Division New England, 420 Trapelo 
Road, Waltham, Massachusetts 02254. 
   Comments concerning the proposed subzone are invited in writing from 
interested parties. They should be addressed to the Board's Executive 
Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before December 28, 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of
the following locations. 
Port Director's Office, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
Federal Building, 150 Court Street, 
New Haven, Connecticut 06511 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 2835, 
14th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20230  
   Dated: November 8, 1988. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 88-26472 Filed 11-15-88; 8:45 am]