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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 9-83] 
                                  48 FR 16927 
                                 April 20, 1983 
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.,

Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 83-10506 Filed 4-19-83; 8:45 am]