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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 80-97]

 
Foreign-Trade Zone 2--New Orleans, Louisiana Area; Application 
for Expansion

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) 
Board (the Board) by the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New 
Orleans, grantee of FTZ 2, requesting

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authority to expand its zone in the New Orleans, Louisiana area, within 
the New Orleans 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 November 18, 1997.
    FTZ 2 was approved on July 16, 1946 (Board Order 12, 11 FR 8235, 7/
31/46) and expanded on April 9, 1984 (Board Order 245, 49 FR 15006, 4/
16/84); May 8, 1986 (Board Order 331, 51 FR 17783, 5/15/86); and, 
November 13, 1991 (Board Order 544, 56 FR 58682, 11/21/91). The zone 
project currently consists of the following sites: Site 1 (19 acres)--
at the Napoleon Avenue Wharf; New Orleans; Site 2 (76 acres)--within 
the Almonaster-Michoud Industrial District (AMID) on the Inner Harbor 
Navigation Canal and the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, New Orleans; 
Site 3 (700 acres)--Newport Industrial Park, adjacent to AMID, New 
Orleans; Site 4 (159,000 sq. ft)--warehouse facility at 200 Crofton 
Road, adjacent to the New Orleans International Airport, Kenner 
(Jefferson Parish);. and, Site 5 (23,500 sq. ft.)--warehouse facility 
at 2445-2447 Aberdeen Street, adjacent to the New Orleans International 
Airport.
    The applicant is now requesting authority to expand the general-
purpose zone to include two Mississippi River port terminal facilities 
at the Port of St. Bernard in St. Bernard Parish, adjacent to New 
Orleans: Site 6 (136 acres)--Arabi Terminal and Industrial Park, at 
Mile Point 90.5 on the Mississippi River, Arabi; and, Site 7 (216 
acres)--Chalmette Terminal and Industrial Park, one mile downriver from 
the Arabi Terminal. Both sites are owned and operated by the St. 
Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District, and the entire Port site is 
an Enterprise Zone. 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 27, 1998. Rebuttal comments in response to 
material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during 
the subsequent 15-day period (to February 11, 1998).
    A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be 
available for public inspection at each of the following locations:

U.S. Export Assistance Center, Suite 2150, One Canal Place, 365 Canal 
Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 
3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 
Washington, DC 20230.

    Dated: November 20, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-31284 Filed 11-26-97; 8:45 am]
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