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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 13-83] 
                                  48 FR 21175 
                                  May 11, 1983 
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone -- Birmingham, Alabama; Application and Public Hearing

TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the City of Birmingham, Alabama, requesting authority to establish a general-purpose foreign-trade zone in Birmingham, within the Birmingham Customs port of entry. The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zone Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the regulations of the Board (15 CFR Part 400). It was formally filed on May 2, 1983. The applicant is authorized to make this proposal under Act No. 498, House Bill 1158, Bound Acts of Alabama, 1977.

The proposed zone will be located at the City's Airport Industrial Park, which covers 116 acres on Lake Boulevard and Birmingham Street, adjoining the 1600-acre Birmingham Municipal Airport complex. A general-purpose building is planned to accommodate initial zone activity. Space is also available for firms requiring separate facilities.

The application contains evidence of the need for zone procedures in the Birmingham area. Several firms have indicated an interest in using the zone for warehousing/distribution of such products as steel bars, fabricated steel products, filtration systems and components, industrial valves, controls, auto service equipment and components, furniture, alcohol, and games. 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; Garnet Fee, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, South Central Region, 250 N. Water Street, P.O. Box 2748, Mobile, AL 36601; and Colonel Patrick J. Kelly, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Mobile, P.O. Box 2288, Mobile, AL 36628.

As part of its investigation, the examiners committee will hold a public hearing on June 3, beginning at 9:00 a.m., in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 710 20th Street North, Birmingham.

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 5, 1983.

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

U.S. Dept. of Commerce District Office, Suite 200-201, 408 S. 20th Street, Birmingham, AL 35205

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

Dated: May 5, 1983.

John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,

Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 83-12611 Filed 5-10-83; 8:45 am]