DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 32-83]
48 FR 40289
September 6, 1983
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone -- Grand Forks, North Dakota; Application and
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Grand Forks Development Foundation, a North Dakota
non-profit development corporation, requesting authority to establish a
general-purpose foreign-trade zone in Grand Forks, North Dakota, adjacent
to the Grand Forks Station of the Pembina 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 August 29, 1983. The
applicant is authorized to make this proposal under Senate Bill 2254 of
the Forty-eighth Legislative Assembly of the State of North Dakota (signed
March 7, 1983).
The proposed foreign-trade zone will involve two separate sites
totalling 48 acres in Grand Forks. Site 1 will cover 6 acres at 5118
Gateway Drive (U.S. Highway 2), where 80,000 square feet of warehouse space
is available. Site 2 will cover 42 acres adjoining a planned industrial
park on South 48th Street, 1/4 mile south of Demers Avenue. This site has
a 15,000 square foot building for warehousing activity and open space for
firms requiring separate facilities. The sites are within 75 miles of the
U.S./Canadian border crossing at Pembina and will be operated by their
owners under agreement with the zone grantee.
The application contains evidence of the need for zone services in the
Grand Forks area. Several firms have indicated an interest in using zone
procedures for warehousing/distribution of products such as agricultural
equipment, chemicals, and electronic products. 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, an examiners committee has
been appointed to investigate the application and report to the Board. The
committee consists of: John J. Da Ponte, Jr. (Chairman), Director,
Foreign-Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
20230; Robert W. Nordness, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, North
Central Region, 209 Federal Building, Duluth, MN 55802; and Colonel Edward
G. Rapp, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District St. Paul, 1135 USPO
and Custom House, St. Paul, MN 55101.
As part of its investigation, the examiners committee will hold a public
hearing on September 27, 1983, beginning at 9:00 a.m., in the Grand Forks
Civic Auditorium, 615 First Avenue North, Grand Forks.
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 20.
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 27, 1983.
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available
during this time for public inspection at each of the following locations:
Grand Forks Development Foundation Offices,
Chamber of Commerce Building,
202 North 3rd Street,
Grand Forks, ND 58206.
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: August 30, 1983.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 83-24290 Filed 9-2-83; 8:45 am]
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