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                             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 
Public Hearing 
 
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., 
 
   Executive Secretary.  
[FR Doc. 83-24290 Filed 9-2-83; 8:45 am] 
 
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