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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 33-96]

Foreign-Trade Zone 27--Boston, Massachusetts; Application for
Expansion

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), grantee of
Foreign-Trade Zone 27, requesting authority to expand its zone in
Boston, Massachusetts, within the Boston 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 23, 1996.

FTZ 27 was approved on April 5, 1977 (Board Order 116, 42 FR 18901, 4/11/77) and expanded on March 23, 1979 (Board Order 144, 44 FR 19502, 4/3/79) and September 13, 1983 (Board Order 224, 48 FR 41802, 9/19/83). The zone currently consists of 4 sites (84.1 acres): Site 1 (5.1 acres)--within the 163-acre Boston Marine Industrial Park; Site 2 (11 acres)--Commonwealth Pier #5 on Northern Avenue; Site 3 (48 acres)-- Commonwealth Storage Yards, across from Site 2; and, Site 4 (20 acres)--within the Mass Tech Center (90 acres) at Logan International Airport.

The applicant is now requesting authority to expand the general- purpose zone to include the jet fuel storage and distribution system (Proposed Site 5, 39 acres) at and adjacent to Logan International Airport. The Airport fuel system consists of facilities owned by Mobil Corporation, Mobil Pipe Line Company and Massport, including: the Mobil Oil Corporation petroleum terminal (92 tanks, 29 acres) and the Mobil Pipe Line Company pipeline; the Airport fuel storage and distribution facilities (7 acres) including the North Fuel Farm, the International Terminal Tank System, fuel transmission pipelines and hydrants; and, the proposed Airport fuel facilities (3 acres), transmission pipelines and hydrants that are scheduled to become operational in 1998. The Mobil facilities will receive, store and distribute products of all qualified suppliers, including domestic oil refineries operating under FTZ procedures.

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 July 1, 1996. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to July 15, 1996).

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

U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Export Assistance Center, World Trade Center, Suite 307, 164 Northern Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02210 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 23, 1996. John J. Da Ponte, Jr., Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 96-10826 Filed 4-30-96; 8:45 am]