DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone
--Toole County, Montana (Sweetgrass Port of Entry)
Application and Public Hearing
Wednesday, July 10, 1991
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
Board) by the Northern Express Transportation, Inc. (NETI) (a Montana non-
profit corporation), also known as Northern Express Transportation Authority
(NETA), requesting authority to establish a general-purpose foreign-trade
zone at sites in Toole County, Montana, within the Sweetgrass Customs port
of entry. The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the
Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the regulations
of the Board (15 CFR part 400). It was formally filed on June 26, 1991. The
applicant is authorized to make the proposal under section 30-15-101 of the
Montana Code Annotated.
The proposed foreign-trade zone would involve 3 sites (51 acres) in Toole
County: Site 1 (8.65 acres) at the U.S. Canadian Border crossing on
Interstate 15 in Sweetgrass, Montana; Site 2 (10 acres) between the
Burlington Northern Railroad Line and Interstate 15 in Sunburst, Montana;
and, Site 3 (31.76 acres) in Toole County along the Burlington Railroad Line
at Shelby's southern city limits. NETI, which operates as the port authority
(NETA) for the Shelby- Sweetgrass area, will be the operator of the proposed
zone project based on agreements with each of the site owners.
The application contains evidence of the need for zone services in Toole
County. Several firms have indicated an interest in using zone procedures
for warehousing/distribution of such items as electronic components, auto
parts, fertilizers, food supplies, sporting equipment, pipe and other steel
products. Specific manufacturing approvals are not being sought at this
time. Requests would be made to the Board on a case-by-case basis.
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 Dennis Puccinelli (Chairman), Foreign-Trade Zones
Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; Donald W. Myhra,
District Director, U.S. Customs Service, North Central Region, 300 Second
Avenue, South, Great Falls, Montana 59401; and Colonel Stewart Bornhoft,
District Engineer, U.S.Army Engineer District, Omaha, 215 North 17th Street,
Omaha, Nebraska 68102-4978.
As part of its investigation the examiners committee will hold a public
hearing on July 26, 1991, at 9:00 a.m., Court Room, Toole County
Courthouse, 226 First Street South, Shelby, Montana 59474.
Interested parties are invited to present their views at the hearing.
Persons wishing to testify should notify the Board's Executive Secretary in
writing at the address below or by phone (202/377-2862) by July 19, 1991.
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
August 26, 1991.
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available
during this time for public inspection at the following locations:
Northern Express Transportation, Inc.,
301 1st Street South, suite 3,
Shelby, Montana 59474.
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, room 3716,
14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: July 1, 1991.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 91-16425 Filed 7-9-91; 8:45 am]