DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Foreign-Trade Zone 9--Honolulu, Hawaii; Request for Manufacturing
Authority, NIC Americas Inc. (Medical Devices)
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Department of Business, Economic Development &
Tourism of the State of Hawaii, grantee of FTZ 9, pursuant to
Sec. 400.32(b)(1) of the Board's regulations (15 CFR Part 400),
requesting authority on behalf of NIC Americas Inc. (NIC) (wholly-owned
subsidiary of Needle Incinerator Company Ltd. (UK)) to manufacture for
export a certain medical device under zone procedures within FTZ 9. It
was formally filed on January 25, 1996.
NIC is planning to establish manufacturing and distribution
facilities within FTZ 9 at sites in Hilo and Honolulu (Pier 2), Hawaii.
The facilities (100-150 employees) would be used to produce a device
that incinerates used hypodermic needles and seals them in a disposable
cartridge (HTSUS 8419.89.9085). At the outset, the majority of the
materials would be sourced from abroad, including: printed circuit
board assemblies, electromagnets/solenoids, transformers, fuses,
switches, piezo electric crystals, plastic parts, diaphragm and
fasteners (duty rates: zero to 6.6%).
Zone procedures would exempt NIC from Customs duty payments on the
foreign materials used in export manufacture. The application indicates
that zone procedures for this activity would contribute to the
company's export competitiveness.
Public comments on the application is invited from interested
parties. Submissions (original and three copies) shall be addressed to
the Board's Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing
period of their receipt is April 6, 1996. Rebuttal comments in response
to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted
during the subsequent 15-day period to April 22, 1996.
A copy of the application and the accompanying exhibits will be
available for public inspection at the following location: Office of
the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 3716, U.S.
Department of Commerce, 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington,
Dated: January 25, 1996.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 96-2319 Filed 2-2-96; 8:45 am]