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Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket A(32b1)-2-97]

Foreign-Trade Zone 45--Portland, OR; Request for Export 
Manufacturing Authority; GranPac Foods, Inc. (Frozen Food Products)

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Port of Portland, grantee of FTZ 45, pursuant to 
Sec. 400.32(b)(1) of the Board's regulations (15 CFR Part 400), 
requesting authority on behalf of GranPac Foods, Inc. (GranPac)(a 
subsidiary of Showa Sangyo Co., Ltd., Japan), for the manufacture/
processing of frozen food products under FTZ procedures for export 
within FTZ 45. It was formally filed on April 22, 1997.
    GranPac operates a 275,000 square foot food processing facility (35 
employees) within FTZ 45--Site 1 (Rivergate Industrial Park) for the 
manufacture/processing of a variety of frozen food products, such as 
entrees, vegetables, soups, and sauces for the U.S. market and export. 
This application requests authority to allow GranPac to conduct 
manufacturing/processing under FTZ procedures for export of frozen 
oriental-style dinner entrees. These products will contain 
approximately 60 to 70 percent (by value) domestic ingredients. Between 
30 and 40 percent of the ingredients will involve foreign sourced 
unprocessed lamb, beef (quota), pork, and vegetables (mushrooms, bamboo 
shoots, water chestnuts, pea pods) (duty rate range: free--6.6/
kg+9.3%). The foreign-sourced products would be admitted to FTZ 45 
under privileged foreign status (19 CFR Sec. 146.41). U.S.-origin 
inputs include soy sauce, sugar, monosodium glutamate, disodium 
inoninate and guanylate, succinic acid, potassium sorbate, mirin, sake, 
sake yeast, fructose, corn syrup, starches, noodles, rice, wheat flour, 
soybeans, and sesame seed oil. All finished food products made under 
FTZ procedures would be exported.
    FTZ procedures would exempt GranPac from U.S. beef quota 
requirements and Customs duty payments on the foreign ingredients used 
in the export activity. Full duties and beef quota requirements would 
apply to any foreign status waste products that would be entered from 
FTZ 45 for U.S. consumption. The operation would continue to be subject 
to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) production regulations. The 
application indicates that the savings from FTZ procedures would help 
improve the facility's international competitiveness.
    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 Board.
    Public comment 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 for their receipt is June 30, 1997. Rebuttal comments in 
response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be 
submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to July 14, 1997).
    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, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, Room 3716, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.

    Dated: April 21, 1997
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-11015 Filed 4-28-97; 8:45 am]