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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE [Docket 72-96] Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone--Springfield, Missouri; Application and Public Hearing
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the City of Springfield Airport Board, on behalf of the City of Springfield, Missouri, to establish a general-purpose foreign- trade zone in Springfield, Missouri, within the Springfield 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 4, 1996. The applicant is authorized to make the proposal under Section 351.388 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri.
The proposed zone would encompass the Springfield-Branson Regional Airport complex (2,363 acres) located some 5 miles northwest of downtown Springfield. The complex includes an industrial park (Air Centre) and fuel storage facilities. The Airport Board owns the airport and it plans to serve as operator of the zone.
The application contains evidence of the need for zone services in the Springfield area. Several firms have indicated an interest in using zone procedures for warehousing/distribution of such items as electronic components, exercise equipment, medical equipment, food processing/manufacturing, and automobile parts and supplies. 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 November 12, 1996, at 2:00 p.m., Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 202 John Q. Hammons Parkway, Springfield, Missouri 65806.
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 16, 1996. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period to January 2, 1997.
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, 5141 West Cargo, Suite C, Springfield, MO 65803 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 10, 1996. John J. Da Ponte, Jr., Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 96-26645 Filed 10-16-96; 8:45 am]