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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE [Docket 70-96] Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone--Spokane, Washington; Application and Public Hearing
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Spokane Airport Board, on behalf of the City and County of Spokane, Washington, to establish a general-purpose foreign- trade zone in Spokane, Washington, within the Spokane 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 September 25, 1996. The applicant is authorized to make the proposal under Section 24.46.020 of the Revised Code of Washington.
The proposed zone would consist of 3 sites (5,710 acres) in Spokane: Site 1 (4,700 acres)--Spokane International Airport, West 9000 Airport Drive; Site 2 (600 acres)--Spokane International Airport Business Park, Airport Corporate Center, South 3707 Godfrey Blvd.; and, Site 3 (410 acres)--Felts Field Airport, East 6105 Rutter Avenue. All three sites are jointly owned by the City of Spokane and Spokane County, and the Airport Board plans to serve as overall zone operator.
The application contains evidence of the need for foreign-trade zone services in the Spokane area. Several firms have indicated an interest in using zone procedures for warehousing/distribution activity. 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, 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 October 24, 1996, at 2:00 p.m., Spokane City Council Chambers, West 808 Spokane Falls Boulevard, Spokane, Washington 99201.
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 November 8, 1996. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period to November 25, 1996.
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available during this time for public inspection at the following locations:
Office of the Port Director, U.S. Customs Service, 601 W. First Avenue, Suite 507, Spokane, WA 99204-0317 Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: October 2, 1996. John J. Da Ponte, Jr., Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 96-25955 Filed 10-8-96; 8:45 am]