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                           DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 17-80] 
 
                                  45 FR 79860 
 
                                December 2, 1980 

Foreign-Trade Zone No. 20, Portsmouth, Va.; Application for Relocation  
 
TEXT: Notice is hereby given that an application has been submitted to the 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Virginia Port Authority, an 
agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia and grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 
No. 20, requesting authority to relocate its zone from Portsmouth, Virginia 
to Suffolk, Virginia, adjacent to the Norfolk-Newport News Customs port of 
entry. The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the 
Foreign-Trade Zones Act of 1934, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the 
regulations of the Board (15 CFR Part 400). It was formally filed on 
November 25, 1980. The applicant is authorized to make this proposal under 
Section 62.1-135(i) of the Code of Virginia. 
 
   Foreign-Trade Zone No. 20 was authorized by the Board on April 15, 1975 
(Board Order 105) and relocated to its present site at 2400 Wesley Street, 
Portsmouth, Virginia, in early 1977 (Board Order 114). 
 
   The application requests authority to relocate the zone to a 22.6-acre 
site zoned for commercial and light industrial uses at 631 Carolina Road, 
Suffolk, Virginia, some 20 miles from the current site. Plans call for the 
immediate activation of a 5.6-acre parcel which contains two 36,000-square 
foot warehouses with office space. The remaining 17-acres will be used 
for the construction of an additional 96,000-square foot warehouse and 
to accommodate new activity as it develops. The zone will be operated by 
Atlantic Warehousing and Distributing, Inc., a division of TRI S 
Developers, which owns the site.  

   The relocation of the zone is being requested because the present site 
is limited and the existing facilities are needed for non-zone port-
related activities. The proposed site in Suffolk has adequate space both 
for firms actively discussing zone use and for near-term development. An 
additional 167 acres are available for future expansion. A number of firms 
have expressed an interest in using the proposed site, including producers 
of electronic products, fasteners, food products, furniture, tobacco, and 
industrial chemicals. They plan to use the zone for export staging, 
storage, inspection and distribution.  
 
   In accordance with the Board's regulations, an Examiners Committee has 
been appointed to investigate the application and report thereon to the 
Board. The Committee consists of Hugh J. Dolan (Chairman), Administrative 
Law Judge, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce, 
Washington, D.C. 20230; Carl W. Johnson, Program Analyst, U.S. Customs 
Service, Region III, 40 South Gay Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202; and 
Colonel Douglas L. Haller, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District 
Norfolk, 803 Front Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510.  

   Comments concerning the proposed zone expansion 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 on or 
before December 19, 1980. 

   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 
 
U.S. Customs Service District Office, 
101 E. Main Street, 
Norfolk, Virginia 23510 

 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 
14th and E Street N.W., Room 2006, 
Washington, D.C. 20230.  
 
   Dated November 25, 1980. 

John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board.  
[FR Doc. 80-37359 Filed 12-1-80; 8:45 am]