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                           DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

                             [Docket No. 12-91]

        			Foreign-Trade Zone
             93--Raleigh/Durham, NC; Application for Subzone;
  Mallinckrodt Medical, Inc., Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility, Wake
                                  County, NC

                           Monday, March 11, 1991

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by The Triangle J Council of Governments, grantee of FTZ 93,
requesting special-purpose subzone status for the pharmaceutical
manufacturing facility of Mallinckrodt Medical, Inc. (MMI), a subsidiary of
IMCERA Group, Inc., located in Wake County (Raleigh area), North Carolina.
The application was submitted 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). It was formally filed on February 27, 1991.

The MMI site (28 acres, 126 employees) is located at 8800 Durant Road, some
nine miles northeast of Raleigh's business district in Wake County, North
Carolina. The facility is used for the production of diagnostic
pharmaceutical products (imaging agents, HTS Heading 3006) for use in
radiology, cardiology, anesthesiology and nuclear medicine. The finished
products include the "Hexabrix", "Conray", "Optiray", and "MD" brands of
contrast media, which are sold mainly to hospitals and clinics.

Foreign-sourced items will account for, on average, 20-30 percent of the
finished products' value and include the following chemicals: ioxaglic
acid, iothalmic acid, meglumine USP, diatrizoic acid, tromethamine USP, and
iocetamic acid.

Zone procedures would exempt MMI from Customs duty payments on the foreign
material used in the production of items for export. On its domestic sales,
the company would be able to choose the duty rate (6.9%) that applies to
the finished imaging agents. The duty rates on foreign-sourced item range
from 7.9 to 13.5 percent. The application indicates that the savings from
zone procedures will help improve the firm'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; 
Howard Cooperman, Regional Director for Inspection and Control, U.S. Customs
Service, Southeast Region, 909 S.E. First Avenue, Miami, Florida 33131-2595;
and, Lt. Colonel Thomas C. Suermann, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer 
District Wilmington, P.O. Box 1890, Wilmington, NC 28402-1890.

Comments concerning the proposed foreign-trade subzone are invited from
interested parties. They should be addressed to the Board's Executive
Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before April 30, 1991.
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available for
public inspection at each of the following locations:
Port Director's Office, 
U.S. Customs Service, suite 432, 
251 N. Main Street, 
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, room 4213,
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.

Dated: March 5, 1991.

John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,

Executive Secretary.

[FR Doc. 91-5687 Filed 3-8-91; 8:45 am]