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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [Docket 34-96] Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone--Montgomery, AL; Application and Public Hearing An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Inc. (a non- profit organization), requesting authority to establish a general- purpose foreign-trade zone in Montgomery, 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 April 24, 1996. The applicant is authorized to make the proposal under Act No. 498, House Bill 1158, Bound Acts of Alabama, 1977.
The proposed zone would be the third general-purpose zone in the Birmingham Customs port of entry area. The existing zones are: FTZ 98 in Birmingham (Grantee: City of Birmingham; Board Order 247, 49 FR 19367, 5/7/84); and, FTZ 211 in Anniston (Grantee: City of Anniston; Board Order 788 (61 FR 5375, 2/12/96).
The proposed zone would consists of 2 sites (5,725 acres) in Montgomery: Site 1 (5,170 acres, Airport Site)--located on Interstate 65 on the south side of Montgomery; and, Site 2 (555 acres)--Gunter Industrial Park, adjacent to the northern Bypass, Montgomery. Site 1 is comprised of the City's Dannelly Field Municipal Airport (1,968 acres), the adjacent Interstate Enterprise Zone industrial development area (3,024 acres) owned by ALFA, the Industrial Development Board of the City of Montgomery and the privately-owned adjoining Catoma Industrial Park (178 acres). The Chamber will be responsible for the marketing and development of the zone project.
The application contains evidence of the need for zone services in the Montgomery area. Several firms have indicated an interest in using zone procedures for warehousing/distribution of such items as electronic equipment, corrugated boxes, telephone equipment and plastic products. Specific manufacturing approvals are not being sought at this time. Request would be made to the Board on a case-by-case basis.
In accordance with the Board's regulations, 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 May 30, 1996, 1:00 p.m., Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, 41 Commerce Street, Montgomery, Alabama.
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 July 5, 1996. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to July 22, 1996).
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available during this time for public inspection at the following locations:
Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce 41 Commerce Street Montgomery, Alabama 36104 Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: April 25, 1996. Dennis Puccinelli, Acting Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 96-11120 Filed 5-3-96; 8:45 am]