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Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 39-97]

Foreign-Trade Zone 98--Birmingham, Alabama; Application for 

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) 
Board (the Board) by the City of Birmingham, Alabama, grantee of 
Foreign-Trade Zone 98, requesting authority to expand FTZ 98 to include 
additional sites in Birmingham, within 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 29, 1997.
    FTZ 98 was approved on April 27, 1984 (Board Order 247, 49 FR 
19367, 5/7/84) and expanded on May 8, 1986 (Board Order 330, 51 FR 
17782, 5/15/86). The general-purpose zone currently consists of two 
sites in Birmingham: Site 1 (116 acres)--within the 442-acre Airport 
North/Northeast Industrial Park, adjacent to the Birmingham 
International Airport; and Site 2 (10 acres)--Shaw Warehouse Company 
facilities on 2nd Avenue South, 113-115 South 35th, and 3601 First 
Avenue South.
    The applicant, in a major revision to its zone plan, now requests 
authority to expand the general-purpose zone to include six new sites 
in Birmingham (Proposed Sites 3-8): Site 3 (283 acres)--``ACIPCO'' 
industrial area (owned by the City), Coalburg Road and Daniel Payne 
Drive, Birmingham; Site 4 (29 acres)--Oxmoor Industrial Park (owned by 
the City), Oxmoor West Industrial Drive, Birmingham; Site 5 (50 
acres)--Air Cargo facility, Birmingham International Airport, 
Birmingham; Site 6 (128,000 square feet, 13.9 acres)--Pizitz/McRae's 
Warehouse, 4500 First Avenue South, Birmingham; Site 7 (100 acres)--
Munger/Valley East II Industrial Park (owned by the City), immediately 
adjacent to the Valley East Industrial Park, Alabama Highway 79 and 
Sterilite Drive, Birmingham; and, Site 8 (32 acres)--Airport Industrial 
Center (owned by Landonomics Group), adjacent to Birmingham 
International Airport, East Lake Boulevard, Birmingham. No specific 
manufacturing requests are being made at this time. Such 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.
    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 14, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response to 
material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during 
the subsequent 15-day period (to July 29, 1997).
    A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be 
available for public inspection at each of the following locations:

U.S. Department of Commerce, Export Assistance Center, Medical Forum 
Building, 7th Floor, 950 22nd Street North, Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 
3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.

    Dated: May 8, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-12795 Filed 5-14-97; 8:45 am]