DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
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.,
[FR Doc. 97-11015 Filed 4-28-97; 8:45 am]
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