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Foreign-Trade Zones Board

[Docket 8-2002]

Foreign-Trade Zone 181--Akron/Canton, OH; Application for Expansion

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Northeast Ohio Trade Economic Consortium (NEOTEC), grantee of FTZ 181, requesting authority to expand its zone in the Akron/Canton, Ohio area, within and adjacent to the Cleveland Customs port of entry. The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the regulations of the Board (15 CFR part 400). It was formally filed on January 30, 2002.

FTZ 181 was approved by the Board on December 23, 1991 (Board Order 546, 57 FR 41; 1/2/92). On March 13, 1998, the grant of authority was reissued to NEOTEC (Board Order 965, 63 FR 13837; 3/23/98). The zone was expanded in 1997 (Board Order 902, 62 FR 36044; 7/3/97), in 1998 (Board Order 968, 63 FR 16962; 4/7/98) and in 1999 (Board Order 1053, 64 FR 51291; 9/22/99). FTZ 181 currently consists of six sites (4,736 acres) in the Akron/Canton, Ohio, area:

The applicant is now requesting authority to update, expand and reorganize the zone as described below. The proposal includes requests to reorganize the site plan and site designations, to extend zone status to parcels with temporary authority, to restore zone status to parcels located within the existing or proposed zone sites that had been deleted from the zone boundary in earlier changes, to expand existing sites, and to add two new industrial park sites.

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 April 15, 2002. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to April 29, 2002).

A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available for public inspection at each of the following locations:

Office of the Port Director, U.S. Customs Service, 6747 Engle Road, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130.Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. Department of Commerce, FCB--Suite 4100W 1099 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005.
Dated: February 1, 2002. Dennis Puccinelli, Executive Secretary.