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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 15-84] 
                                  49 FR 17788 
                                 April 25, 1984 
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone -- Valdez, Alaska; Application and Public 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the City of Valdez, Alaska, requesting authority to establish
a general-purpose foreign-trade zone in Valdez, within the Valdez 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 April 
17, 1984. The applicant is authorized to make this proposal under 
@ 45.77.010 of the Alaska Statutes. 
   The proposed foreign-trade zone will cover 212 acres on 5 sites in 
Valdez. Site 1 is a 3-acre parcel at the City Dock. Site 2 covers 27 acres 
within the City's small boat harbor. Site 3 will involve the new Port of 
Valdez Marine Terminal, a 40-acre general cargo facility off Richardson 
Highway. Sites 4 and 5 are industrial park sites covering 60 and 83 acres 
on Richardson Highway that will be used for open storage of oversized cargo
and for firms needing separate facilities. The Port of Valdez, as a City 
agency, will operate the project.  
   The application contains evidence of the need for zone services in the 
Valdez area. A number of firms have indicated an interest in using zone 
procedures for the warehousing/distribution of products such as steel, 
forest products, oil pipeline material, control equipment, and seafood. 
Specific manufacturing approvals are not being requested at this time. They
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; Dan 
Holland, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, Pacific Region, 620 E. 
10th Ave., Suite 101, Anchorage, AK 99501; and Colonel Neil E. Saling, 
District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer, District Alaska, Bldg. 21-700, 
Elmendorf AFB, Pouch 898, Anchorage, AK 99506. 
   As part of its investigation, the examiners committee will hold a public
hearing on May 23, 1984, beginning at 2:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers of
the Valdez City Hall, Valdez, Alaska. 
   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 May 16. 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 June 
22, 1984.  
   A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available 
during this time for public inspection at each of the following locations:
Port Director's Office, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
P.O. Box 217, 
Valdez, AK 99686.  
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: April 18, 1984. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.  
[FR Doc. 84-11063 Filed 4-24-84; 8:45 am]