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                           DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

    			Foreign-Trade Zones Board

                               (Docket 15-92)

       Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone--Rio Rancho, NM; Application Filed

                            Friday, June 5, 1992

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the 
Board) by the City of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, requesting authority to 
establish a general-purpose foreign-trade zone in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, 
adjacent to the Albuquerque 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 May 22, 1992. The applicant is authorized to 
make the proposal under section 3-18-29, New Mexico Statutes Annotated 
1978 (1985 Repl.).

The proposed zone would be in the second project in the Albuquerque area.
The Board authorized the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to establish a
general- purpose zone and subzone in 1984 (FTZ 110, Board Order 279, 49 FR
44516).

The proposed Rio Rancho foreign-trade zone would be located at the Rio
Rancho Industrial Park, which consists of 5 parcels (567 acres). Four of
the parcels are located in the City of Rio Rancho (three are on New Mexico
State Highway 528 and one on Southern Boulevard). The fifth parcel is
located in Sandoval County, immediately adjacent to the City of Rio Rancho,
on Highway 528. Amrep Southwest Inc. (Amrep), is the primary developer and
owner of the industrial park, although certain parcels have been sold to
individual firms which remain subject to the covenants of the park. Amrep
has been designated as the proposed zone operator.

The application indicates there is a need for additional zone services in
the Albuquerque area to serve the economic development needs of the City of
Rio Rancho. Several firms have indicated an interest in using zone
procedures for warehousing/distribution of such items as integrated
circuits, die cutting tooling, electronic aviation communication products,
optical and medical products, and electronic components and accessories.
Specific manufacturing approvals are not being sought at this time.
Requests would be made to the Board on a case-by-case basis.

In accordance with the Board's regulations (as revised, 56 FR 50790-50808,
10- 8-91), a member of the FTZ Staff has been designated examiner to
investigate the appolication and report to the Board.

Public comment on the application is invited from interested parties.
Submissions (orginal and 3 copies) shall be addressed to the Board's
Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their
receipt is August 4, 1992. Rebuttal comments in response to material
submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the
subsequent 15-day period (to August 19, 1992).

While no public hearing has been scheduled for the FTZ Board, consideration
will be given to such a hearing during the review.

A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available
during this time for public inspection at the following location:
U.S. Department of Commerce District Office, 
625 Silver Street, SW., 3d Floor, 
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, room 3716, 
U.S. Department of Commerce,
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.

Dated: May 29, 1992.

John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,

Executive Secretary.

(FR Doc. 92-13235 Filed 6-4-92; 8:45 am)