DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
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
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.,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board.
[FR Doc. 81-32947 Filed 11-13-81; 8:45 am]