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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No.19-81] 
                                  46 FR 56225 
                               November 16, 1981 

Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone; Memphis, Tenn.; Application and Public Hearing

TEXT: Notice is hereby given that an application has been submitted to the 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the City of Memphis requesting 
authority to establish a general-purpose foreign-trade zone in Memphis, 
within the Memphis Customs port of entry. The application was submitted 
pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act of 1934, as 
amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the regulations of the Board (15 CFR 
Part 400). It was formally filed on November 5, 1981. The applicant is 
authorized to make this proposal under Chapter 207 of the Private Acts of 
Tennessee (1959) and Chapter 411 (Senate Bill 573) of the Public Acts of 
Tennessee (1981).  
   The applicant proposes to establish a foreign-trade zone project for 
the Memphis-Shelby County area with facilities at the 2000-acre 
President's Island industrial park complex and at Memphis International 
Airport. The Shelby County government is cooperating with the City in 
the proposal because it is a part of the overall economic development 
plan to help attract trade and industry to the area. The President's 
Island site covers 22 acres on two parcels at the intersection of Port 
Street and Channel Avenue with direct access to Mississippi River 
transportation. A 20,000 square foot warehouse will be used for initial 
zone operations with 20-acres of open space reserved for firms requiring 
their own facilities and for future development. The Memphis-Shelby 
County Port Commission will administer the President's Island site. The 
airport site covers 10 acres at Republican and Tchulahoma Roads, Memphis. 
This facility will be developed and operated by the Memphis Airport 
Authority to serve air cargo related business. 

   The application contains evidence of the need for zone services in 
the Memphis-Shelby County area. Prospective tenants have indicated an 
interest in using the zone for processing, packaging, storage and 
distribution of products such as diesel engines and components, turbine 
pumps, commercial fish netting, wood products, consumer electronics, 
home decorations, craft materials, gloves and toys. 
   In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has 
been appointed to investigate the application and report to the Board. 
The committee consists of: John J. Da Ponte, Jr. (Chairman), Director, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 
20230; Max G. Willis, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, Region V, 
Room 244, 423 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130; and Colonel 
John F. Hatch, Jr., District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District 
Memphis, 668 Clifford Davis Federal Building, Memphis, Tennessee 38103.
   As part of its investigation, the examiners committee will hold a 
public hearing on December 9, 1981, beginning at 9:00 a.m., in the City 
Council Chambers, City Hall, 125 N. Mid American Mall, Memphis, Tennessee 
38103. The purpose of the hearing is to help inform interested persons 
about the proposal, to provide an opportunity for their expression of 
views, and to obtain information useful to the examiners. 

   Interested parties are invited to present their views at the hearing. 
They should notify the Board's Executive Secretary of their desire to be 
heard in writing at the address below or by phone (202/377-2862) by 
November 23, 1981. Instead of an oral presentation, written statements may 
be submitted in accordance with the Board's regulations to the examiners 
committee, care of the Executive Secretary, at any time from the date of 
this notice through January 8, 1982. Evidence submitted during the 
post-hearing period is not desired unless it is clearly shown that the 
matter is new and material and that there are good reasons why it could 
not be presented at the hearing. A copy of the application and 
accompanying exhibits will be available during this time for public 
inspection at each of the following locations: 

U.S. Department of Commerce District Office, 
147 Jefferson Avenue, Room 710, 
Memphis, Tennessee 38103 

Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 2006, 
14th and E Streets NW., 
Washington, D.C. 20230.  
   Dated: November 9, 1981. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board.  

[FR Doc. 81-32947 Filed 11-13-81; 8:45 am]