DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone--Austin, TX, Area Application
and Public Hearing
Tuesday, May 7, 1991
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
Board) by the Foreign-Trade Zone of Central Texas, Inc. (a Texas not-for-
profit corporation associated with the Cities and Chambers of Commerce of
Austin, Georgetown, Round Rock and San Marcos, Texas), requesting authority
to establish a general-purpose foreign-trade zone at sites in the Austin,
Texas, area, in and adjacent to the Austin 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 April 26, 1991. The applicant
is authorized to make the proposal under Senate Bill No. 691, Texas Revised
Civil Statutes Article 1446.01.
The proposed foreign-trade zone would consist of 7 sites (1,391 acres) in
Austin and four nearby communities. Site 1 (Austin Enterprise site, 317,43
acres) consists of seven parcels within the Austin Enterprise Zone Area,
with 164.45 acres located along Highway 290 and 152.98 acres located in
east Austin in the Ben White Boulevard-Montopolis Drive area. Site 2
(Balcones Research site, 50 acres) is located in north central Austin at
the intersection of Burnett Road and Longhorn Boulevard. Site 3 (High Tech
Corridor site, 393.52 acres) consists of five parcels located along I-35,
approximately 14 miles north of downtown Austin (site straddles Austin-
Round Rock city line). Site 4 (Cedar Park site, 122.30 acres) involves two
parcels located in Cedar Park, eight miles northwest of Austin city limits,
in Williamson County. Site 5 (Round Rock "SSC" site, 329.28 acres) consists
of three parcels located along I-35 between Chandler Road and Westinghouse
Road on the northern edge of the City of Round Rock. Site 6 (Georgetown
site, 138.37 acres) is located along I- 35 and U.S. 81, south of downtown
Georgetown. Site 7 (San Marcos site, 40 acres) is located on the grounds of
the San Marcos Municipal Airport in eastern San Marcos, adjacent to State
Highway 21, on the Hays County/Caldwell County line.
The Foreign Trade Zone of Central Texas, Inc., has agreements with the
owners of each parcel involved in the zone plan. The zone will be operated
by Foreign Trade Zone of Central Texas Operators, a joint venture between
Centre International, Inc., and Sekin Transport International, which is
presently involved in the operation of Foreign-Trade Zones 39 and 168 in
the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
The application contains evidence of the need for zone services in the
Central Texas region. Several firms have indicated an interest in using
zone procedures for warehousing/distribution of such items as
telecommunications equipment, oil field equipment, computer products and
maquila related goods. Specific manufacturing approvals are not being
sought at this time. Requests would be made to the Board on a case-by-case
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 John J. Da Ponte, Jr. (Chairman), Foreign-Trade Zones
Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; Paul Rimmer,
Regional Director, Office of Inspection and Control, U.S. Customs Service,
Southwest Region, 5850 San Felipe Street, Houston, Texas 77057-3012; and
Colonel William D. Bown, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District,
Fort Worth, P.O. Box 17300, Ft. Worth, Texas 76102-0300.
As part of its investigation the examiners committee will hold a public
hearing on May 30, 1991, at 9 a.m., 15th Floor Conference Room, First City
Texas Bank Building, 823 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701.
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 May 23, 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
July 1, 1991.
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available
during this time for public inspection at the following locations.
Port Director's Office,
U.S. Customs Service,
4005 Airport Boulevard, suite 2- 150,
Austin, Texas 78722.
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: May 1, 1991.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 91-10812 Filed 5-6-91; 8:45 am]