DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Order No. 214]
48 FR 34792
August 1, 1983
Resolution and Order Approving the Application of the Port of Houston
Authority for a Foreign-Trade Zone in Harris County, Texas, Within the
Houston Customs Port of Entry
TEXT: Proceedings of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Washington, D.C.
Resolution and Order
Pursuant to the authority granted in the Foreign-Trade Zones Act of June
18, 1934, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), the Foreign-Trade Zones Board has
adopted the following Resolution and Order:
The Board, having considered the matter, hereby orders:
After consideration of the application of the Port of Houston Authority
(PHA), filed with the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) on June 3, 1982,
requesting a grant of authority for establishing, operating, and maintaining
a foreign-trade zone in Harris County, within the Houston Customs port of
entry, the Board adopts the conclusions and recommendation stated in the
examiners committee's report, including the site numbering system in Table
1, and noting the special circumstances of this proposal, approves the
application subject to the following conditions:
(1) The Category B through D Sites are approved for 5 years subject to
Board renewal after a review by Customs and the Board.
(2) Should the Houston Model Seaport Program be terminated, Customs shall
have an opportunity to comment on the continuation of the Category B through
(3) Manufacturing operations involving steel or steel products are
restricted to items produced for export, otherwise formal entries shall be
made on any foreign steel items prior to their use in a manufacturing
(4) The Board's Executive Secretary shall be notified for approval prior
to the commencement of any non-export manufacturing operations covered in the
application, as well as any new proposed manufacturing.
(5) The District Director of Customs shall be notified for approval prior
to the activation of any zone site.
(6) Because of the nature of the project, PHA, as grantee, should play
an active and continuous role as overseer to insure that the zone project
is operated in the public interest and conistent with FTZ public utility
(7) Any promotional or user development efforts should focus on the PHA
sites, except for export intensive situations that cannot be accommodated
at these sites.
Grant to Establish, Operate, and Maintain a Foreign-Trade Zone in Harris
County, Texas, Within the Houston Customs Port of Entry
Whereas, by an Act of Congress approved June 18, 1934, an Act "To provide
for the establishment, operation, and maintenance of foreign-trade zones in
ports of entry of the United States, to expedite and encourage foreign
commerce, and for other purposes," as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u) (the Act),
the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) is authorized and empowered to
grant to corporations the privilege of establishing, operating, and
maintaining foreign-trade zones in or adjacent to ports of entry under the
jurisdiction of the United States;
Whereas, the Port of Houston Authority (the Grantee) has made application
(filed June 3, 1982) in due and proper form to the Board, requesting the
establishment, operation, and maintenance of a multi-site foreign-trade
zone in Harris County, Texas, within the Houston Customs port of entry;
Whereas, notice of said application has been given and published, and
full opportunity has been afforded all interested parties to be heard; and,
Whereas, the Board has found that the requirements of the Act and the
Board's regulations (15 CFR Part 400) would be satisfied if approval is
given subject to the conditions stated in the resolution accompanying this
Now, therefore, the Board hereby grants to the Grantee the privilege of
establishing operating, and maintaining a foreign-trade zone, designated on
the records of the Board as Zone No. 84, at the locations referred to in
the maps and drawings Exhibits IX and X of the application, and as described
in Table I of the examiners committee report dated April 1, 1983, subject
to the provisions, conditions, and restrictions of the Act and the
regulations, and those stated in the resolution accompanying this action,
and also to the following express conditions and limitations:
Activation of the foreign-trade zone shall be commenced by the Grantee
within a reasonable time from the date of issuance of the grant, and prior
thereto the Grantee shall obtain all necessary permits from Federal, State,
and municipal authorities.
The Grantee shall allow officers and employees of the United States free
and unrestricted access to and throughout the foreign-trade zone sites in
the performance of their official duties.
The grant shall not be construed to relieve the Grantee from liability
for injury or damage to the person or property of others occasioned by the
construction, operation, or maintenance of said zone, and in no event shall
the United States be liable therefor.
The grant is further subject to settlement locally by the District
Director of Customs and the Army District Engineer with the Grantee
regarding compliance with their respective requirements for the protection
of the revenue of the United States and the installation of suitable
In witness whereof, the Foreign-Trade Zones Board has caused its name to
be signed and its seal to be affixed hereto by its Chairman and Executive
Officer at Washington, D.C. this 15 th day of July 1983, pursuant to Order
of the Board.
Foreign-Trade Zones Board.
Chairman and Executive Officer.
Acting Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 83-20753 Filed 7-29-83; 8:45 am]
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