Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone Wilmington and Kent County, Delaware; Application
and Public Hearing
TEXT: Notice is hereby given that an application has been submitted to the
Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the State of Delaware through the
Delaware Development Office (DDO), requesting authority to established a
general-purpose foreign-trade zone with sites in the City of Wilmington and in
Kent County, adjacent to the Wilmington 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 5, 1983. The applicant is authorized to make this proposal
under Chapter 75, Title 6 of the Delaware Code.
The proposed foreign-trade zone will involve two separate sites totaling 660 acres.
Site 1 would encompass the 615-acre Port of Wilmington, which is owned and
operated by the City of Wilmington. A 144,000 square foot building near the
terminal area will be made available for initial zone activity. Operation of the project
will be a cooperative effort between DDO and the City and Port of Wilmington.
Site 2 involves an industrial area covering 45 acres on Southern Boulevard in and
adjacent to the Town of Wyoming, Kent County. DDO will assume jurisdiction and
control of the site from the owner, Quality Kitchen Foods, Inc., and develop the
facility as a public industrial park in cooperation with the Town of Wyoming and
Kent County. An existing 30,000 square foot structure is currently being renovated
as a refrigerated warehouse to be used by Quality Kitchen for storage of orange
juice concentrate. Public warehouse facilities are planned.
The application contains evidence of the need for zone services in Delaware.
Several firms have indicated an interest in using zone procedures for
warehousing/distribution operations involving orange juice concentrate, seafood
and other food products, machinery and components, electronic products, medical
equipment, and vaccines. 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; Edward A. Goggin,
Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service, Northeast Region, 100
Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02110; and Lt. Colonel Roger L. Baldwin,
District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer Distict Philadelphia, 2nd and Chestnut
Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106.
As part of its investigation, the examiners committee will hold a public hearing on
May 4, 1983, beginning at 9:00 a.m., in the City Council Chambers of the
City-County Building, Wilmington. 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 2. 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 June 3, 1983. A copy of the application will be available during
this time for public inspection at each of the following locations:
Port Director's Office,
U.S. Customs Service,
New Federal Bldg., Room 1218 F,
844 King Street,
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1872,
14th and Pennsylvania, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20230
Dated: April 15, 1983.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 83-10506 Filed 4-19-83; 8:45 am]
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