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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 23-83] 
                                  48 FR 36302 
                                August 10, 1983 
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone -- Webb County, Texas, Adjacent to the Laredo 
Customs Port of Entry; Application and Public Hearing 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the City of Laredo, Texas, requesting authority to establish 
a general-purpose foreign-trade zone in Webb County, adjacent to the Laredo
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 July 25, 1983. The applicant is authorized to make this proposal under 
Article 1446.1 of Vernon's Annotated Civil Statutes of Texas. 
   The proposed zone involves 3 sites totalling 221 acres. Sites 1 and 2 
are at the Laredo International Airport, a 1600-acre industrial and 
transportation complex owned by the City. Site 1 covers 42 acres within 
the 100-acre Laredo International Airport Industrial Park at Naranjo Avenue 
and Bustamante Street. This facility has 18,000 square feet of existing 
warehouse space for initial zone activity. Site 2 involves 100 acres at 
the site of a future airport industrial park expansion on the east side of 
the airport. Site 3 covers 80 acres within the proposed 300-acre Texas 
Mexican Railway Industrial Park on Highway 359 in Webb County. The City's
Office of the Airport Director will assume responsibility for operating 
the zone. 
   The application contains evidence of the need for zone services in the 
Laredo area. A number of firms have expressed an interest in using the 
zone for warehousing/distribution and processing of products such as 
luggage, tile, electronic equipment, handicraft items, textile products 
and valves. No approval is being requested for manufacturing at this time. 
Such requests would be made to the Board on a case-by-case basis. 
   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; Donald Gough, 
Director, Inspection and Control, U.S. Customs Service, Southwest Region, 
500 Dallas Street, Houston, TX 77002; and Colonel Theodore G. Stroup, Jr., 
District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Fort Worth, P.O. Box 17300, 
Fort Worth, TX 76102. 
   As part of its investigation, the examiners committee will hold a public 
hearing on September 8, 1983, beginning at 9:00 a.m., in the Zaragoza Room 
of the La Posada Hotel, 1000 Zaragoza, Laredo. 
   Interested parties are invited to present their views at the hearing. 
Persons wishing to testify should notify the Board's Executive Secretary 
in writing at the address below or by phone (202/377-2862) by September 1. 
Instead of an oral presentation, written statements may be submitted in 
accordance with the Board's regulations to the examiners committee, care 
of the Executive Secretary, at any time from the date of this notice 
through October 8, 1983.  
   A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available 
during this time for public inspection at each of the following locations:
Director's Office, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
Mann Road and Santa Maria, 
P.O. Box 3130, 
Laredo, TX 78041 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1872, 
14th and Pennsylvania, NW., 
Washington, D.C. 20230  
   Dated: August 4, 1983. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary. 
[FR Doc. 83-21777 Filed 8-9-83; 8:45 am] 
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