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                           (Cite as: 58 FR 42287)


                           DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

    			Foreign-Trade Zones Board

                               (Docket 36-93)

    Foreign-Trade Zone 40--Cleveland, OH; Application for Subzone Picker
     International, Inc., Facility (Medical Equipment) Valley View, OH

                           Monday, August 9, 1993

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the 
Board) by the Cleveland Regional Port Authority, grantee of FTZ 40, 
requesting special-purpose subzone status for the medical diagnostic 
equipment processing/distribution facility of Picker International, Inc. in 
Valley View, Ohio, within the Cleveland, Ohio, Customs port of entry. 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 July 30, 1993.

The Picker facility (65,000 sq. ft.) is located at 7825 Hub Parkway, Valley
View (Cuyahoga County), Ohio, 10 miles south of Cleveland. The facility (14
employees) is used for final assembly, testing, packaging and distribution
of medical diagnostic imaging equipment, including: magnetic resonance,
computed tomography, nuclear medicine and X-ray equipment. Manufacturing of
the major components and assemblies occurs at other Picker plants in
northern Ohio. Certain components or assemblies are sourced from abroad
(approx. 26% of total value), including: X-ray generators, mobile X-ray
units, vascular gantry and components, mammography units, MRI tape drives,
MRI gradient tubes, patient handling systems, magnet beams, and tubes,
patient handling system, magnet beams, and electromagnets.

Zone procedures would exempt Picker from Customs duty payments on the
foreign products that are reexported. On domestic sales, the company would
be able to choose the duty rates that apply to finished diagnostic products
(2.1% to 4.7%). The duty rates on foreign-sourced items range from 2.1% to
4.2%. Foreign merchandise and finished products held for export would be
eligible for an exemption from certain state and local ad valorem taxes.

The application indicates that zone savings would help improve the
international competitiveness of Picker's Ohio plants.
In accordance with the Board's regulations, a member of the FTZ Staff has
been designated examiner to investigate the application and report to the 

Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions (original
and 3 copies) shall be addressed to the Board's Executive Secretary at the
address below. The closing period for their receipt is October 8, 1993.
Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing
period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period October 25, 1993.

A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available for
public inspection at each of the following locations:
Department of Commerce District Office, 
600 Superior Avenue East, Room 700,
Cleveland, Ohio 44114.

Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
Department of Commerce, Room 3716, 
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: July 30, 1993

Dennis Puccinelli,

Acting Executive Secretary.

(FR Doc. 93-19037 Filed 8-6-93; 8:45 am)