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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 1-80] 
 
                                  45 FR 2077 
 
                                January 10, 1980 
 

Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone-- Panama City, Fla.; Application and Public 
Hearing

Notice is hereby given that an application has been submitted to the  
Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Panama City Port Authority 
(Port Authority), a Florida municipal corporation, requesting authority 
to establish a general-purpose foreign-trade zone at the port complex and 
industrial park of Port Panama City, within the Panama City 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 
January 4, 1980.  The Port Authority is authorized to make this poroposal 
under sections 288.35-288.38 of the Florida Statutes of 1977.

The proposal calls for the establishment of a foreign-trade zone of 15.9 
acres within the 120-acre port facility adjacent to the west shipping 
berth on St. Andrew Bay on the Gulf of Mexico intra-coastal waterway.  
Consisting of contiguous tracts of 2.4 and 13.5 acres, the sites are 
owned by the City of Panama Citty and are under a long-term lease to the 
applicant which will also operate the zone.

The smaller tract is undeveloped land on which a general-purpose 
storage/processing facility will be constructed as zone use materializes.  
The applicant is actively soliciting users for this site.

A large diameter steel pipe plant is under construction by the Berg Steel 
Pipe Corporation (BSPC), a Delaware corporation, on the 13.5 acre tract.  
It is scheduled to be operational by Spring of 1980 to produce steel pipe 
of 40 foot lengths, ranging in outer diameter from 20-64 inches and plate 
thickness of .25 to 1.5 inches, by a rolling process from a mix of domestic 
and imported steel plate.

BSPC indicates that the larger-sized pipe with outer diameters exceeding 
48 inches and thickness greater than one inch is not available 
domestically, and its use of zone procedures will enable an expansion in 
production capacity because its process favors the production of pipe of 
this size.  It is estimated that approximately 122,000 metric tons of 
large-diameter pipe could be produced per year at the facility, about 
70 percent of which will be sold domestically and the remainder exported.  
Up to 200 new jobs are expected to be created at the new facility.


In accordance with the Board's regulations, an Examiner's Committee has 
been appointed to investigate the application and report to the Board.  
The committee consists of: Hugh J. Dolan (Chairman), Office of the 
Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and E Streets NW, Washington, 
DC 20230; Harvey L. Perry, District Director, U.S. Customs District 
Mobile, P.O. Box 2748, Mobile, Alabama 36601; and Colonel Robert H. Ryan, 
District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Mobile, P.O. Box 2288, 
Mobile, Alabama 36628.

As part of its investigation of the proposal, the Examiners Committee will 
hold a public hearing on February 12, 1980, beginning at 9:00 a.m., in 
the Marine Trade Center of the Panama City Port Authority, 5321 West 
Highway 98, Panama City, Florida 32401.

The purpose of the hearing is to help inform interested persons, to 
provide an opportunity for their expression of views, and to obtain 
information useful to the examiners.

Interested persons or their representatives are invited to present their 
views at the hearing.  Persons wishing to testify should, by February 5, 
notify the Board's Executive Secretary either in writing at the address 
below or by phone (202)377-2862.  In lieu of an oral presentation, written 
statements may be submitted in accordance with the Board's regulations to 
the Examiners Committee, care of the Executive Secretary, at any time from 
the date of this notice through March 13, 1980. Evidence submitted
during the post-hearing period is not desired unless it is clearly shown 
that the matter is new and material and that there are good reasons why 
it could not be presented at the hearing.

A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available 
during this time for public inspection at each of the following locations:

Office of the Port Director,
U.S. Customs Service,
James H. Moore Bldg., Room 2121,
30 W. Government Street,
Panama City, Florida 32401

Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 6888-B
14th and E Streets NW.,
Washington, D.C. 20230.


   Dated: January 7, 1980. 

 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 

   Executive Secretary. 
[FR Doc. 80-830 Filed 1-9-80; 8:45 am]