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Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 24-Pittston, Pennsylvania; Notification of Proposed Production Activity; Merck & Co., Inc. (Pharmaceutical Products); Riverside, Pennsylvania

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Merck & Co., Inc. (Merck), submitted a notification of proposed production activity to the FTZ Board for its facility in Riverside, Pennsylvania. The notification conforming to the requirements of the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR 400.22) was received on February 24, 2021.

Merck already has authority to produce pharmaceutical products within Subzone 24B. The current request would add finished products and foreign status materials to the scope of authority. Pursuant to 15 CFR 400.14(b), additional FTZ authority would be limited to the specific foreign-status materials and specific finished products described in the submitted notification (as described below) and subsequently authorized by the FTZ Board.

Production under FTZ procedures could exempt Merck from customs duty payments on the foreign-status materials used in export production. On its domestic sales, for the foreign-status materials/components noted below and in the existing scope of authority, Merck would be able to choose the duty rates during customs entry procedures that apply to PRIMAXIN intermediate (imipenem and cilastatin bulk) and INVANZ intermediate (ertapenem sodium) (duty-free). Merck would be able to avoid duty on foreign-status components which become scrap/waste. Customs duties also could possibly be deferred or reduced on foreign-status production equipment.

The materials sourced from abroad include: imipenem input; cilastatin input; ertapenem sodium input; BIS (2, Start Printed Page 129084-Dichlorophenyl) Chlorophosphate; Bi-Cyclic ADC-13 Ketone; Enol Phosphate; and, D-Carboxamide (duty rate ranges from duty-free to 6.5%). The request indicates that the materials are subject to duties under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Section 301), depending on the country of origin. The applicable Section 301 decisions require subject merchandise to be admitted to FTZs in privileged foreign status (19 CFR 146.41).

Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions shall be addressed to the Board's Executive Secretary and sent to: The closing period for their receipt is April 14, 2021.

A copy of the notification will be available for public inspection in the “Reading Room” section of the Board's website, which is accessible via​ftz.

For further information, contact Christopher Wedderburn at

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Dated: March 2, 2021.

Andrew McGilvray,

Executive Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2021-04575 Filed 3-4-21; 8:45 am]