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                           DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

                               (Docket 24-92)

 Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone--Dona Ana County, New Mexico Application Filed

                           Tuesday, July 28, 1992

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the 
Board) by the Board of County Commissioners of Dona Ana County, New Mexico, 
requesting authority to establish a general-purpose foreign-trade zone in 
Dona Ana County, New Mexico, adjacent to the Santa Teresa Station of the El 
Paso 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 July 14, 1992. The applicant is authorized to make the proposal under 
Senate Bill 586, Chapter 154, as amended, 40th Legislature of the State of 
New Mexico, First Session, approved April 3, 1991.

The proposed foreign-trade zone would consist of 2 sites (983 acres) in
Dona Ana County. Site 1 (777 acres) is located within the Santa Teresa
Airport complex (1,712 acres), approximately 6 miles north of the United
States-Mexico Border Crossing at Santa Teresa. The complex is operated by
the County of Dona Ana, which is also the principal 
owner. Site 2 (206 acres) is within the West Mesa Industrial Park (1,820
acres) adjacent to the Las Cruces International Airport, some 40 miles
northwest of the Santa Teresa Border Crossing. It is owned by the City of
Las Cruces.

The application indicates there is a need for zone services in the Dona Ana
County area. Several firms have indicated an interest in using zone
procedures for warehousing/distribution of such items as flexible
polyurethane foam and fabric for the automotive industry, weight training
equipment, and glass and packaging products. 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 application and report to the Board.

Public comment on the application is invited from interested parties.
Submissions (original and 3 copies) shall be addressed to the Board's
Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their
receipt is September 28, 1992. Rebuttal comments in response to material
submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the
subsequent 15-day period to October 13, 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 locations:

County Manager's Complex, 
180 West Amador Avenue, room 105, 
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001.

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

Dated: July 20, 1992.

John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,

Executive Secretary.

(FR Doc. 92-17697 Filed 7-27-92; 8:45 am)