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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 12-83] 
                                  48 FR 20458 
                                  May 6, 1983 
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone -- Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; Application and Public Hearing

TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Triangle J Council of Governments, a six-county inter-governmental association and a North Carolina public corporation, requesting authority to establish a general-purpose foreign-trade zone at sites in Durham County, Granville County and Raleigh, North Carolina, adjacent to the Durham Customs port of entry. The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the regulations of the Board (15 CFR Part 400). It was formally filed on April 29, 1983. The applicant is authorized to make this proposal under Chapter 55C of the General Statutes of North Carolina.

The proposed zone covers 387 acres at three sites in the Raleigh/Durham metropolitan area. All sites would be operated by International Ventures Limited, a subsidiary of Davidson and Jones Development Company. The primary site (Site 1) involves the Imperial Center, a planned industrial park of 250 acres at New Page Road and I-40, adjoining the Research Triangle Park in Durham County. This facility is 4 miles from Raleigh/Durham Airport.

Site 2 involves the Northside Distribution Center Industrial Park, covering 27 acres at Front Street and Industrial Drive, near U.S. 1/U.S. 64, in Raleigh. Existing warehouse facilities are available at this site for initial zone operations. Site 3 is at the Woodland Industrial Park, covering 110 acres at Highway 56 and I-85, Granville County.

The application contains evidence of the need for zone procedures in the Raleigh/Durham area. A number of firms have expressed an interest in using the proposed zone for warehousing, packaging and assembly of power tools, industrial supplies, furniture, electronic and telecommunication products, musical instruments, pharmaceuticals, and copper frames. No approvals are being requested for manufacturing at this time. Such requests would be made to the Board on a case-by-case basis.

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: John J. Da Ponte, Jr. (chairman), Director, Foreign-Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 20230; Charles W. Winwood, Director (Inspection and Control), U.S. Customs Service, Southeast Region, 55 S.E. 5th Street, Miami, FL 33131; and Colonel Robert K. Hughes, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District, Wilmington, P.O. Box 1890, Wilmington, N.C. 28402.

As part of its investigation, the examiners committee will hold a public hearing on June 2, 1983, beginning at 8:45 a.m., in the Conference Room of the Raleigh/Durham Airport Authority Building, adjacent to the terminal at the Raleigh/Durham Airport, Morrisville, North Carolina.

Interested parties are invited to present their views at the hearing. Persons wishing to testify should notify the Board's Executive Secretary in writing at the address below or by phone (202/377-2862) by May 27. Instead 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 July 2, 1983.

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

Port Director's Office, U.S. Customs Service, Raleigh/Durham Airport, Rt. 1, Box 508, Morrisville, NC 27560

Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1872, 14th and Pennsyvania, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20230.

Dated: May 2, 1983.

John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,

Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 83-12189 Filed 5-5-83; 8:45 am]