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[Federal Register: October 31, 1994]


Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 32-94]

Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone; Anniston, AL (Birmingham Customs
Port of Entry); Application and Public Hearing

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Anniston-Calhoun County Airport Commission (an
Alabama public corporation), requesting authority to establish a
general-purpose foreign-trade zone in Anniston, Alabama, adjacent to
the Birmingham 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 October 18, 1994. The applicant is
authorized to make the proposal under Act No. 77-498, Section 33-1-30
of the Code of Alabama, 1975, as amended.
    The proposed zone would be the second general-purpose zone in the
Birmingham Customs port of entry area. The existing zone, FTZ 98,
Birmingham, was authorized in 1984 (Grantee: City of Birmingham,
Alabama, Board Order 247, 49 F.R. 19367, 5/7/84).
    The proposed foreign-trade zone site covers the Anniston
Metropolitan Airport complex (563 acres), which is 90 miles west of
Atlanta and 60 miles east of Birmingham. The airport complex includes
air cargo facilities and an industrial park. It is owned by the City of
Anniston and operated by the Airport Commission.
    The application contains evidence of the need for zone services in
the Anniston area. Several firms have indicated an interest in using
zone procedures for warehousing/distribution of such items as
automotive equipment, electrical and electronic supplies, food and
related products, and machinery. 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 (as revised, 56 FR
50790-50808, 10-8-91), a member of the FTZ Staff has been designated
examiner to investigate the application and report to the Board.
    As part of the investigation, the Commerce examiner will hold a
public hearing on November 15, 1994, 2:00 p.m., at the Offices of
Anniston Executive Aviation, Anniston Metropolitan Airport, 2500
Talladega Highway (Highway 21), Oxford, Alabama 36203.
    Public comment on the application is invited from interested
parties. Submissions (original and 3 copies) shall be addressed to the
Board's Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period
for their receipt is December 30, 1994. Rebuttal comments in response
to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted
during the subsequent 15-day period to January 17, 1995.
    A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be
available during this time for public inspection at the following

Office of the Port Director, U.S. Customs Service, 5900 Airport
Highway, Birmingham, Alabama 35212
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room
3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20230

    Dated: October 21, 1994.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 94-26890 Filed 10-28-94; 8:45 am]