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[Docket 30-96]

Foreign-Trade Zone 20--Hampton Roads, VA Area (Norfolk-Newport
News Customs Port of Entry); Application for Expansion

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Virginia Port Authority (VPA), grantee of Foreign- Trade Zone (FTZ) 20, requesting authority to expand its zone at sites in the Hampton Roads and Front Royal, Virginia areas, adjacent to the Norfolk-Newport News Customs port of entry area (includes Front Royal station). The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the FTZ 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 15, 1996.

FTZ 20 was approved on April 15, 1975 (Board Order 105, 40 FR 17884, 4/23/75), and currently consists of three sites: Site 1 (3 acres)--631 Carolina Rd., Suffolk; Site 2 (9 acres)--108 Lakeview Parkway, Suffolk; and, Site 3 (11 acres)--630 Woodlake, Chesapeake.

The applicant, in a major revision to its zone plan, now requests authority to expand FTZ 20 to include ten new sites (3,317 acres) in the Hampton Roads and Front Royal areas, including three marine terminals, six industrial parks and a warehouse facility: Proposed Site 4 (905 acres)--Norfolk International Terminals (NIT), 7737 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk; Proposed Site 5 (242 acres)--Portsmouth Marine Terminal (PMT), 2000 Seaboard Avenue, Portsmouth; Proposed Site 6 (184 acres)-- Newport News Marine Terminal (NNMT), 25th & Warwick Blvd., Newport News; Proposed Site 7 (6 parcels, 490 acres)--Warren County Industrial Corridor (Front Royal Site), Routes 340, 522 and 661, Front Royal; Proposed Site 8 (394 acres)--Bridgeway Commerce Park, Interstate 664, Suffolk; Proposed Site 9 (689 acres)--Cavalier Industrial Park, Interstate 64 and U.S. Route 13, Chesapeake; Proposed Site 10 (26 acres)--D.D. Jones Transfer & Warehouse, Inc. facility, 1920 Campostella Road, Chesapeake; Proposed Site 11 (177 acres)--New Boone Farm Industrial Park, Interstate 664, Chesapeake; Proposed Site 12 (60 acres)--PortCentre Commerce Park, Route 264, Portsmouth; and, Proposed Site 13 (150 acres)--Suffolk Industrial Park, 595 Carolina Road, Suffolk. The NIT, PMT, and NNMT terminals, and a site in Front Royal, are owned by VPA, and the other sites are owned by other area public entities and private corporations.

No specific manufacturing requests are being made at this time. Such requests would be made to the Board on a case-by-case basis.

In accordance with the Board's regulations, 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 June 24, 1996. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to July 9, 1996).

A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available for public inspection at each of the following locations:

Virginia Port Authority, 600 World Trade Center, Norfolk, Virginia 23510-1696; Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230.

Dated: April 16, 1996 John J. Da Ponte, Jr., Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 96-10109 Filed 4-24-96; 8:45 am]