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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                                    [A-4-89] 
 
                                   54 FR 7970 
 
                               February 24, 1989 
 
   Foreign-Trade Zone 121, Albany, NY; Request for Manufacturing; Fortitech
Inc. Vitamin Blending 
 
TEXT: The Capital District Regional Planning Commission, grantee of FTZ 121,
Albany, New York, has requested manufacturing approval from the Foreign-
Trade Zones Board to allow the use of zone procedures with in FTZ 121 by 
Fortitech Inc., for the blending of ingredients for vitamin products.  
 
   Fortitech is planning to blend various ingredients to make Vitamin B12 
trituration (dicalcium phosphate trituration and mannitol trituration, HTS 
3003.90.00002, duty rate 6%) in bulk form. The bulk products would then be 
sold to food/pharmacheutical companies for further processing into retail 
products. The only foreign ingredient Fortitech would issue in its blending 
operation is B12 cyanocobalamin (HTS 2936.26.00005, duty rate 16.2%) which 
accounts for 1 percent of the finished product content, but 88 percent of 
its material value. All other ingredients, such as dicalcium phosphate and 
mannitol, will be sourced domestically. 
 
   Zone procedures would exempt Fortitech from Customs duties on the 
cyanocobalamin used in the finished products that are exported. On products 
destined for domestic consumption the company would be able to elect the 
duty rate applicable to the finished product (6%). The request indicates 
that zone procedures will help improve Fortitech's international 
competitiveness.  
 
   Comments on the proposed manufacturing operation are invited in writing 
from interested persons and organizations. They should be addressed to the 
Board's Executive Secretary at the address below and postmarked before 
April 7, 1989.   

   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at the: 

Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 2835, 
14th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.  
 
   Dated: February 21, 1989. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 89-4339 Filed 2-23-89; 8:45 am] 
 
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