DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 37-87]
52 FR 45981
December 3, 1987
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone El Paso, TX; Application for Additional General-
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Westport Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), a Texas
not-for-profit corporation, requesting authority to establish an additional
general-purpose foreign-trade zone in El Paso, Texas, within the El Paso
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 November 23, 1987. WEDC is authorized to make the proposal under Bill No.
SB1206, 70th Texas State Legislature, Regular Session (May 27, 1987).
The proposed WEDC zone would be the second zone for the El Paso area. The
city of El Paso is the grantee of the existing zone, which was established
in 1981 (FTZ 68, Board Order 175, 46 FR 22929). The zone is located at the
City-owned Butterfield Trail Industrial Park (589 acres), adjacent to the
El Paso International Airport.
WEDC proposes to establish an additional general-purpose foreign-trade
zone at a new industrial park (2,274 acres) in northwest El Paso at
Transmountain Road and Interstate-10, some 20 miles northwest of the
existing zone. The site is owned by Westside Joint Venture, Surgikos, Inc.
and the Rock-Tenn Company, and is being developed by KASCO Ventures, Inc.
The application contains evidence of the need for additional zone
services in the El Paso area, indicating that the existing zone does not
have space for new large-scale zone activity. The application contains a
letter from the City of El Paso indicating the need for a second site, and
that it wishes to limit its involvement as grantee to the existing zone
site. The applicant indicates there is user-interest in the new site for
large-scale warehousing and manufacturing of products such as computer
keyboards, home appliances, food processing, hospital supplies and packaging
materials. Specific manufacturing approvals are not being sought at this
time. Such request will 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: Joseph Lowry (Chariman), Foreign-Trade Zones Staff,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; Don Gough, Deputy
Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service, Southwest Region,
5850 San Felipe Street, Houston, Texas 77057-3012; and Lt. Colonel Kent R.
Gonser, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Albuquerque, P.O.
Box 1580, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87103-1580.
Comments concerning the proposal are invited in writing from interested
parties. They should be addressed to the Board's Executive Secretary at the
address below and postmarked on or before January 22, 1988
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available
during this time for public inspection at each of the following locations:
Office of the District Director,
U.S. Customs Service,
P.O. Box 9516,
El Paso, TX 79985
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529,
14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20230
Dated: November 25, 1987.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 87-27711 Filed 12-2-87; 8:45 am]
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