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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 75-97]

 
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone--Gregg County, Texas; Application and 
Public Hearing

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) 
Board (the Board) by Gregg County, Texas, to establish a general-
purpose foreign-trade zone in Gregg County, Texas, adjacent to the 
Shreveport-Bossier Customs port of entry. 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 October 14, 1997. The applicant is authorized to make 
the proposal under Senate Bill 691 of the 70th Legislature of the State 
of Texas (Regular Session, 1987), codified as Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat. Ann. 
art. 1446.01.
    The proposed zone site (299 acres) is located at the Gregg County 
Airport, approximately 4 miles south of the City of Longview, Texas. It 
is owned by the applicant. The proposed FTZ project is designed to 
serve the entire East Texas Region consisting of fourteen counties. 
(This would be the second foreign-trade zone associated with the 
Shreveport-Bossier Customs port of entry. FTZ 145 in Shreveport was 
established in 1988.)
    The application contains evidence of the need for foreign-trade 
zone services in the East Texas Region. Several firms have indicated an 
interest in using zone procedures for warehousing/distribution 
activity. 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, a member of the FTZ 
Staff has been designated examiner to investigate the application and 
report to the Board.
    As part of the investigation, the Commerce examiner will hold a 
public hearing on November 20, 1997, 2:00 p.m., Gregg County 
Courthouse, 101 E. Methvin Street, Longview, Texas 75601.

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    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 December 22, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response 
to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted 
during the subsequent 15-day period (to January 5, 1997).
    A company of the application and accompanying exhibits will be 
available during this time for public inspection at the following 
locations:

Gregg County Courthouse 101 E. Methvin Street, Suite 300 Longview, 
Texas 75601
Office of the Executive Secretary Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 3716 
U.S. Department of Commerce 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, 
DC 20230

    Dated: October 15, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-27989 Filed 10-21-97; 8:45 am]
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