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                             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
D Sites. 
 
   (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 
process.   

   (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 
principles. 
 
   (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 
action;  
 
   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 
facilities.  
 
   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. 
 
 
Malcolm Baldrige, 
 
   Chairman and Executive Officer. 
 
   Attest: 
 
 
Dennis Puccinelli, 
 
   Acting Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 83-20753 Filed 7-29-83; 8:45 am] 
 
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