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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 24-87] 
                                  52 FR 42025 
                                November 2, 1987 
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone, Brazoria County, TX, Freeport, TX, Port of 
Entry Area; Application and Public Hearing 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Brazos River Harbor Navigation District requesting 
authority to establish a general-purpose foreign-trade zone at sites at 
Brazoria County, Texas, within the Freeport 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.
It was formally filed on October 22, 1987. The applicant is authorized to 
make this proposal under House Bill 2443, State of Texas, 69th Legislature
(June 12, 1985). 
   The proposed foreign-trade zone would consist of six sites (1,957 acres)
within the Port of Freeport and at the Brazoria County Airport. Site 1 (280
acres) is located on F.M. Route 1495 at Freeport Harbor, on the east side 
of the Brazos River Channel. The site has several buildings that would be 
used for general-purpose zone activity. Site 2 (154 acres) is located on 
Holly Street, south of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. This facility is 
used for liquid bulk storage. The remaining four sites are being requested
as standby space for future zone activity. Site 3 (1,063 acres) is located
at the intersection of State Highway 288 and F.M. Route 1495. Site 4 (242
acres) is located on F.M. Route 1492, north of the Gulf Intercoastal 
Waterway and south of the Brazos River Channel. Site 5 (213 acres) is 
located on County Road 723, south of Site 4 and the Gulf Intercoastal 
Waterway. Site 6 (5 acres) is located at the Brazoria County Airport. 
   The application contains evidence of the need for zone services in the 
Freeport port of entry area. Several firms have indicated an interest in 
using zone procedures for the storage and distribution of products such 
as foodstuffs, jute bags, lumber and chemicals. No requests for 
manufacturing approval are being sought at this time. Such requests will 
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: Dennis Puccinelli (Chairman), Foreign-Trade Zones 
Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; Don Gough, Deputy
Assistant Regional commissioner, Inspection and Control, U.S. Customs 
Service, Southwest Region, 5850 San Felipe Street, Houston, Texas 77057-
3012; and Colonel John A. Tudela, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer 
District Galveston, P.O. Box 1229, Galveston, Texas 77553-1229. 
   As part of its investigation, the examiners committee will hold a public
hearing on December 8, 1987, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Port of Freeport 
Administration Building, Board Meeting Room, 1001 Pine Street, Freeport,
Texas 77541.  

   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 November 30. 
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 
January 11, 1988.   

   A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available
during this time for public inspection at each of the following locations:
Office of the Port Director, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
100 Pine Street, P.O. Box D, 
Freeport, Texas 77541 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529, 
14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230  
   Dated: October 27, 1987. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 87-25321 Filed 10-30-87; 8:45 am]