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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 34-83] 
                                  48 FR 41802 
                               September 19, 1983 
Foreign-Trade Zone 2, New Orleans, Louisiana; Application for Relocation  
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans (the 
Port), grantee of Foreign Trade Zone 2, requesting authority to relocate its
general-purpose foreign-trade zone to include industrial park space in New 
Orleans, Louisiana, within the New Orleans Customs port of entry. The 
application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign Trade 
Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 8la-8lu), and the regulations of the Board 
(15 CFR Part 400). It was formally filed on September 12, 1983. The applicant
is authorized to make this proposal under Act No. 173 of the 1934 Regular 
Session of the Louisiana Legislature. 
   On July 16, 1946, the Port received authority from the Board to establish 
a foreign-trade zone in the New Orleans area (Board Order 12, 11 FR 8235, 
7/31/46). While there have been a number of boundary modifications over the 
years, the project has remained at its original location and today includes 
a warehousing/distribution facility on a 19-acre site adjacent to the 
Napoleon Avenue Wharf on the Mississippi River. During the past 5 years, 
there has been a 37 percent increase in the value of merchandise handled 
and there have been increased inquiries for industrial uses. The facility 
has space for warehousing and processing activities, but lacks space for 
growth and cannot accommodate significant industrial activity. The Port 
has worked closely with New Orleans development officials in devising a 
new zone plan and is now requesting a reorganization of its project to a 
new industrial park. 
   The Port's new zone site will cover 76 acres in the Almonaster-Michoud 
Industrial District, the City's 12,000-acre industrial development project 
located at the intersection of the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal and 
Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet in eastern New Orleans. Cabot, Cabot, and 
Forbes has been selected as operator and will be responsible for improving 
the site, developing general-purpose warehousing facilities, and for 
providing individual parcels to firms requiring separate facilities. The 
existing zone facility would retain zone status for a transitional period 
of five years. 
   In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiniers 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; Max G. Willis, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, South 
Central Region, 423 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130; and Colonel 
Robert C. Lee, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District New Orleans, 
P.O. Box 60267, New Orleans, LA 70160.  
   Comments concerning the proposed zone relocation 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 October 19, 1983. 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 
District Director's Office, 
U.S. Dept. of Commerce District Office, 
432 International Trade Mart, 
No. 2 Canal Street, 
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130; or  
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: September 13, 1983. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 83-25443 Filed 9-16-83; 8:45 am] 
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