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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
[Docket 13-97]
 
Foreign-Trade Zone 21--Charleston, South Carolina Area, 
Application for Expansion

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) 
Board (the Board) by the South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA), 
grantee of FTZ 21, requesting authority to expand its zone in the 
Charleston, South Carolina area, within the Charleston, South Carolina 
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 March 7, 1997.
    FTZ 21 was approved on June 12, 1975 (Board Order 106, 40 FR 25613, 
6/17/75) and expanded on February 28, 1995 (Board Order 734, 60 FR 
12735, 3/8/95), June 20, 1996 (Board Order 832, 61 FR 33491, 6/27/96) 
and October 23, 1996 (Board Order 850, 61 FR 57383, 11/6/96). The zone 
project includes 9 general-purpose sites in the coastal area of South 
Carolina: Site 1 (134 acres)--Tri-County Industrial Park, Summerville; 
Site 2 (57 acres)--Cainhoy Industrial Park, Wando; Site 3 (160 acres)--
Crowfield Corporate Center, Goose Creek; Site 4 (998 acres)--Low 
Country Regional Industrial Park, Early Branch; Site 5 (2,017 acres)--
SCSPA's terminal complex, Charleston; Site 6 (19 acres)--Meadow Street 
Business Park, Loris; Site 7 (1,782 acres)--Myrtle Beach International 
Airport/former Myrtle Beach U.S. Air Force Base, Myrtle Beach; Site 8 
(23 acres)--within Wando Park, Mount Pleasant (expires 12/31/97); and, 
Site 9 (548 acres)--Charleston Business Park, Charleston. An 
application is currently pending with the Board to expand and remove 
the time limit for Site 8 within Wando Park in Mount Pleasant (Docket 
No. 62-96).
    The applicant is now requesting authority to expand the general-
purpose zone to include four new sites in the North Charleston area: 
Site 10 (105 acres)--within the 133-acre Ashley Industrial Park, 3045 
Ashley Phosphate Road, North Charleston; Site 11 (459 acres)--within 
the 500-acre Charleston International Commerce Park, 5500 International 
Blvd., Charleston; Site 12 (1,120 acres, 2 tracts) within the Palmetto 
Commerce Park, Ladson Road, North Charleston; and, Site 13 (76 acres)--
North Charleston Convention Center complex, 500 Coliseum Drive, North 
Charleston. 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 May 19, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response to 
material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during 
the subsequent 15-day period (to June 2, 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, 81 Mary Street, 
Charleston, South Carolina 29402
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: March 10, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-6680 Filed 3-17-97; 8:45 am]
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