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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 14-83] 
                                  48 FR 21609 
                                  May 13, 1983 
Foreign-Trade Zone 81 -- Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Application for Special-Purpose Subzone at Manchester Manufacturing Plant in Colebrook

TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the New Hampshire Port Authority, grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 81, requesting authority for a special-purpose subzone at the facilities of Manchester Manufacturing, Inc. (MMI) in Colebrook, New Hampshire, within the Norton 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 May 5, 1983. The applicant is authorized to make this proposal under Section 271-A:11 of the New Hampshire RSA.

On January 20, 1983, the Board authorized the Port Authority to establish a foreign-trade zone (Board Order 207, 48 FR 4308, 1/31/83) in Portsmouth and a subzone at Nashua Corporation facilities in Nashua and Merrimack. The general-purpose zone covers 10 acres at the Port of Portsmouth.

The proposed subzone will comprise MMI's 180,000 square foot manufacturing and warehousing facility, employing some 160 persons, and located on a 15-acre site in the Colebrook Industrial Park. The company manufactures children's outerwear from domestic piece goods, and warehouses some imported apparel. This request is part of MMI's plans to expand its operations relating to the warehousing of imported apparel of all types. In expanding its operations at the plant, the company would undertake the repair and ornamenting of imported garments.

Zone procedures would be used to defer the payment of Customs duties and are being requested to provide a Customs setting for the inspection and repair of imported garments prior to entry. This would result in a greater utilization of the plant, helping to make the company more competitive as a warehouse center for its major retail customer. By increasing the capacity utilization of the Colebrook facility, unit overhead costs on both manufacturing and warehousing operations will be reduced. The resulting lower costs will help this plant regain its competitive position as a manufacturer in relation to the company's plants abroad, leading to a potential increase in employment of 100 persons.

In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has been appointed to investigate the application and report to the Board. The committee consists of: Dennis Puccinelli (Chairman), Foreign-Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 20230; Edward A. Goggin, Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service, Northeast Region, 100 Summer St., Boston, MA 02210; and Colonel Carl B. Sciple, Division Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer Division New England, 424 Trapelo Rd., Waltham, MA 02254.

Comments concerning the proposed subzone are invited in writing from interested persons and organizations. They should be addressed to the Board's Executive Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before June 20, 1983.

A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of the following locations:

Port Director's Office, U.S. Customhouse, Norton, VT 05907

Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1872, 14th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, D.C. 20230.

Dated: May 6, 1983.

John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,

Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 83-12883 Filed 5-12-83; 8:45 am]