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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 19-84] 
                                  49 FR 18880 
                                  May 3, 1984 
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone, Minneapolis-St. Paul Port of Entry Area; 
Application and Public Hearing 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zone Board 
(the Board) by the Greater Metropolitan Foreign-Trade Zone Commission, an 
instrumentality of the Port Authority of the City of Bloomington, the Port 
Authority of the City of Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis Community 
Development Agency, requesting authority to establish a general-purpose 
foreign-trade zone at sites within the Minneapolis-St. Paul Customs port 
of entry area. 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 
27, 1984. The applicant is authorized to make this proposal under 
@ 458.192(13) of the Minnesota Statutes.  
   The proposed foreign-trade zone will involve four sites totalling 62 
acres. Site 1 is at the air freight complex of the Minneapolis-St. Paul 
International Airport some 10 miles south of downtown Minneapolis. Site 2 
covers 26 acres in the City of Bloomington at the Alpha Business Center, 
immediately south of the airport. This site has several existing 
structures that would be available for initial zone activity. Site 3 
covers 10 acres within the Energy Park in St. Paul, north of I-94 between 
downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul. Site 4 involves the 
International Market Square, a 900,000 square foot wholesale merchandise 
mart at Glenwood and Lyndale Avenues in Minneapolis.  
   The application contains evidence of the need for zone services in the 
Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Anumber of firms have expressed interest
in using zone procedures for warehousing/distribution of products such as 
computers and parts, electronic equipment, food service equipment, medical
instruments, hardware, fans, lumber products, machine tool parts, 
fasteners, cameras, fireplaces, ammunition, shoes, cutlery, and food 
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 Nordness, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, North 
Central Region, 110 S. Fourth St., U.S. Courthouse, Room 137, Minneapolis,
MN 55401; and Colonel Edward G. Rapp, District Engineer, U.S. Army 
Engineer District St. Paul, 1135 USPO and Customs House, St. Paul, 
MN 55101. 
   As part of its investigation, the examiners committee will hold a 
public hearing on June 6, 1984, beginning at 9:00 a.m., in Room 303, Main
Terminal Building of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.  
   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 30. 
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 July 6, 1984. 
   A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available 
during this time for public inspection at each of the following locations:
U.S. Dept. of Commerce District Office, 
218 Federal Bldg., 
110 South Fourth Stree, 
Minneapolis, MN 55401 

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 27, 1984. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 84-11965 Filed 5-2-84; 8:45 am]