DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 18-81]
46 FR 55296
November 9, 1981
Foreign-Trade Zone No. 32; Application for Expansion
TEXT: Notice is hereby given that an application has been submitted to
the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Greater Miami Foreign
Trade Zone, Inc. (GMFTZ), grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 32, requesting
authority to expand its zone project to include a site in the City of
Homestead, Dade County, Florida, adjacent to the Miami Customs port of
entry. The application was submitted pursuant to 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 2, 1981. The applicant, a non-profit corporation affiliated
with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, is authorized to make this
proposal under Section 288.36 of the Florida Statutes (1979).
On September 6, 1977, GMFTZ received authority from the Board to
establish a foreign-trade zone project in the Miami area (Board Order
123, 42 FR 46568, 9-16-77). The project's 800,000 square foot warehousing
and exhibition center, located on a 73-acre parcel near Miami
International Airport, is owned and operated by Miami Free Zone Corp. It
became operational in April 1979, and during its first full year of
operation the facility received $96 million in merchandise.
The project was also planned to provide zone services for processing
and assembly operations. However, the demand for warehousing/distribution
services has made it necessary to reserve the remaining space on the
73-acre parcel for this type of activity. The applicant is now requesting
zone status for a second site, to be known as the Miami Free Zone
Industrial Park, within the industrial section of a planned development
in Homestead. Covering 1,000 acres, the park will provide space for
larger warehousing and industrial users, and for firms requiring separate
facilities, as well as standby space for future development.
The application indicates that a number of firms have recently
expressed an interest in using zone procedures for a variety of operations,
none of which can be accommodated in the existing site. The prospective
industrial park uses include storage, distribution, assembly, processing
and manufacturing of auto and tractor parts, ball and roller bearings,
prefabricated housing materials, concrete/plexiglass/fiberglass products,
packaging materials, electronic components, video equipment, toy
products, leather goods, footwear and coffee.
In accordance with the Board's regulations, an Examiners Committee
has been appointed to investigate the application and report to the
Board. The committee consists of Dennis Puccinelli (Chairman),
Foreign-Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington,
D.C. 20230; Charles W. Winwood, Director (Inspection and Control), U.S.
Customs Service, Region IV, 99 S.E. 5th Street, Miami, Florida 33131;
and Colonel Alfred B. Devereaux, Jr., District Engineer, U.S. Army
Engineer District Jacksonville, P.O. Box 4970, Jacksonville, Florida 32232.
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 4, 1981.
A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each
of the following locations:
U.S. Dept. of Commerce District Office, Room 821,
City National Bank Building,
25 West Flagler Street,
Miami, Florida 33130.
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce,
14th and E Streets, N.W., Room 2006,
Washington, D.C. 20230.
Dated: November 3, 1981.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board.
[FR Doc. 81-32287 Filed 11-6-81; 8:45 am]