DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone; Dublin, Virginia Area; Application
and Public Hearing
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ)
Board (the Board) by the New River Valley Economic Development
Alliance, Inc. (a Virginia not-for-profit corporation), to establish a
general-purpose foreign-trade zone in the Dublin (Pulaski County),
Virginia area. Designation of the New River Valley Airport as a Customs
user fee airport has been requested under a separate application to the
U.S. Customs Service. The FTZ 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 8, 1997. The applicant is authorized to make
the proposal under Sections 62.1-159 to 62.1-162 of the Code of
The proposed zone site (50 acres) is located at the New River
Valley Airport on Virginia Route 100, north of Dublin, Virginia.
Facilities (20,000 sq. ft.) are available for FTZ warehousing activity.
The site also includes the airport's jet fuel systems. It is owned by
the New River Valley Airport Commission.
The application contains evidence of the need for foreign-trade
zone services in the New River Valley, Virginia area. Several firms
have indicated an interest in using zone procedures within the proposed
project 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 November 13, 1997, 9:00 a.m., New River Community
College, Route 100 North, College Drive, Edwards Hall, Room 117,
Section C, Dublin, Virginia 24084.
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 15, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response
to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted
during the subsequent 15-day period (to December 30, 1997).
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be
available during this time for public inspection at the following
New River Community College, Route 100 North, College Drive, Edwards
Hall, Room 221, Dublin, VA 24084
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 9, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 97-27470 Filed 10-15-97; 8:45 am]
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