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Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 79-96]

Foreign-Trade Zone 81; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Application for
Expansion (Pease International Tradeport)

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board (the Board) by the New Hampshire State Port Authority, grantee of FTZ 81, requesting authority to expand FTZ 81 to include an additional site in Portsmouth, within the Portsmouth 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 October 23, 1996.

FTZ 81 was approved on January 20, 1983 (Board Order 207, 48 FR 4308, 1/31/83) and expanded on April 12, 1985 (Board Order 302, 50 FR 15948, 4/23/85). The general-purpose zone currently consists of four sites: Site 1 (10 acres)--within the Port Authority's deep water port facility at 555 Market Street on Portsmouth Harbor; Site 2 (175 acres)--Portsmouth Industrial Park on Lafayette Road, Portsmouth; Site 3 (54 acres)--Crosby Industrial Park on Crosby Road, Dover; and, Site 4 (1,469 acres)--industrial/commercial complex known as the Old Grenier Air Force Base, Manchester.

The applicant is now requesting authority to further expand the general-purpose zone to include an additional site (proposed Site 5-- 2,095 acres)--at the Pease International Tradeport, formerly the Pease Air Force Base, 601 Spaulding Turnpike, Portsmouth. The development agency for the project is the Pease Development Authority. Firms will be able to utilize zone services in an industrial park environment which would include activities such as warehousing/distribution, testing and processing of industrial machinery, research in high technology fields, and airport related functions. 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 January 6, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to January 21, 1997).

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

U.S. Department of Commerce, Export Assistance Center, 601 Spaulding Turnpike, Suite 29, Portsmouth, NH 03801 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: October 28, 1996. John J. Da Ponte, Jr., Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 96-28447 Filed 11-5-96; 8:45 am]