DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 12-90]
55 FR 12244
April 2, 1990
Foreign-Trade Zone 68, El Paso, TX; Application for Expansion
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the City of El Paso, Texas, grantee of FTZ 68, requesting
authority to expand its zone to include four new sites in El Paso, 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 March 19, 1990.
FTZ 68 was approved by the Board in 1981 (Board Order 175, 46 FR 22918,
April 22, 1981), and expanded in 1984 (Board Order 255, 49 FR 22842,
6/1/84). The City-sponsored zone currently involves the Butterfield Trail
Industrial Park (590 acres) at the El Paso International Airport. A
separate zone project involving a second grantee (Westport) was approved
for the El Paso area in 1988 (FTZ 150, Board Order 386, 53 FR 28030,
July 26, 1988).
The proposed expansion of the City's project would add four new sites
(1,200 acres) to FTZ 68 in El Paso. The existing site at the airport is
designated as Site 1 and the new sites would be designated as Sites 2, 3,
4, and 5. Site 2 (467 acres) would involve a group of private and public
industrial parks in the Lower Valley section of El Paso, along Americas
Avenue near the Zaragosa Bridge to Mexico. They are the Pan America Center
for Industry (PACI) development; the adjacent El Paso Public Service Board
property; the Ivey Development/AAA (across from PACI); and, the Ysleta
Industrial Park. Site 3 (716 acres) involves a group of three private
industrial parks in eastern El Paso in the vicinity of I-10 and Americas
Avenue. They are the Vista Del Sol park; the B-W Business Park; and, the
Saab Development. Site 4 (128 acres) is at the Phelps Dodge Copperfield
Industrial Park at Hawkins Boulevard and North Loop Drive in Central El
Paso. Site 5 (95 acres) is at the WFF Industries Park located on Highway
54 in northeast El Paso. The basis stated for this proposed extensive
expansion is El Paso's high level of U.S.-Mexican trade related activity.
No manufacturing approvals are being sought in the application. Such
approvals would be requested from 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; Paul Rimmer,
Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service, Southwest
Region, 5850 San Felipe Street, Suite 500, Houston, TX 77057-3012; and,
Colonel Steven M. Dougan, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District
Albuquerque, P.O. Box 1580, Albuquerque, NM 87103-1580.
Comments concerning the proposed expansion are invited in writing from
interested parties. They should be addressed to the Executive Secretary at
the address below and postmarked on or before May 11, 1990.
A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of
the following locations:
Office of the District Director,
U.S. Customs Service,
3600 E. Paisano, Bldg. B, Room 134,
Bridge of the Americas,
P.O. Box 9516,
El Paso, TX 79985.
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 2835,
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: March 23, 1990.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 90-7449 Filed 3-30-90; 8:45 am]
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