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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 8-81] 
                                  46 FR 39868 
                                 August 5, 1981 
Foreign-Trade Zone No. 23, Buffalo, New York; Application for Expansion  

TEXT: Notice is hereby given that an application has been submitted to the 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the County of Erie, New York (the 
County) grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 23, requesting authority to 
expand its zone in Buffalo to include two additional sites within the City. 
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 July 
28, 1981. The applicant is authorized to make this proposal under Chapter 
201 of the Laws of New York (Act of April 16, 1974). 

   On March 31, 1976, the County received authority from the Board to 
establish a foreign-trade zone at the Buffalo Marine Terminal (Board Order 
No. 110). It became operational in May 1976. The zone was expanded on 
November 2, 1979 to accommodate light industrial users and distributors at 
a 33-acre site (Site 2) near the Buffalo International Airport in the Town 
of Amherst (Board Order 148). During fiscal year 1980, the zone served 
29 companies which received $4.9 million in merchandise. 

   The County now proposes to add two new sites to its zone project: A 
13.1-acre parcel consisting of Blocks 19, 20, and 21 in the Oak-Michigan 
Industrial Corridor, Buffalo (Site 3); and a 22.4-acre parcel at the 
former American Standard plant at Rano and Tonawanda Streets, Buffalo 
(Site 4). Sites 3 and 4 will be purchased and leased respectively by the 
City of Buffalo, and developed by the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency. 
Buffalo Foreign-Trade Zone Operators, Inc., which is currently managing 
the existing zone, has been designated to operate the new sites. 

   Sites 3 and 4 will play an important role in the joint City-County 
efforts to encourage foreign firms to shift assembly operations to the 
Buffalo area from abroad. The proposal is consistent with the area's 
overall economic development program to attract new industry to the area's 
declining economic base.  

   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), International Trade 
Specialist, Foreign-Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, 
Washington, D.C. 20230; Edward A. Goggin, Assistant Regional Commissioner 
(Operations), U.S. Customs Service, Region I, 100 Summer Street, Boston, 
Massachusetts 02110; and Colonel George P. Johnson, District Engineer, 
U.S. Army Engineer District, Buffalo, 1776 Niagara Street, Buffalo, New 
York 14207. 

   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 September 1, 1981. 

   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 

U.S. Department of Commerce District Office, 
International Trade Administration, 
1312 Federal Building, 
111 West Huron St., 
Buffalo, New York 14202  

Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 
14th and E Streets, NW, room 2006, 
Washington, D.C. 20230  

   Dated: July 30, 1981. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board.  

[FR Doc. 81-22838 Filed 8-4-81; 8:45 am]