DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone--Texas City, Texas; Application and Public
Thursday, March 25, 1993
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
Board) by the Foreign Trade Zone of Texas City-Gulf Coast, Inc., a Texas
non-profit corporation, requesting authority to establish a general-purpose
foreign-trade zone in Texas City, Texas, within the Houston-Galveston
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 2, 1993.
The applicant is authorized to make the proposal under Texas Revised Civil
Statutes Article 1446.01. The proposed Texas City project would be the
fourth general-purpose zone in the Houston-Galveston Customs port of entry
area. The existing zones in the area are: FTZ 36 in Galveston (Grantee:
City of Galveston, Texas, Board Order 129, 43 FR 20525, 5/12/78); FTZ 84 in
Harris County (Grantee: Port of Houston Authority, Board Order 214, 48 FR
34792, 8/1/83); and, FTZ 171 in Liberty County (Grantee: Liberty County
Economic Development Corporation, Board Order 501, 56 FR 1166, 1/11/91).
The proposed new zone would consist of 2 sites (378 acres) in Texas City.
Site 1 (2.32 acres) is located at 1002 12th Avenue North, Texas City. Owned
by the City of Texas City and currently operated as a municipal storage
facility, this site will be available for multi-user public warehousing
activities. Site 2 (376 acres) is located at Shoal Point on the Texas Ship
Channel, Galveston Bay, in Galveston County. It is part of the City's 9.9
square mile enterprise zone and is owned by the City of Texas City.
The application indicates there is a need for zone services in the Texas
City area. Several firms have indicated an interest in using zone
procedures for warehousing/distribution of such items as machinery
equipment and supplies, toiletries, food products, wearing apparel and
paper 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 (as revised, 56 FR 50790-50808,
10/8/91), a member of the FTZ Staff has been designated examiner to
investigate the application and report to the Board.
As part of the investigation, the Commerce examiner will hold a public
hearing on April 22, 1993, at 11 a.m., Kenneth T. Nunn City Council
Chambers, City Hall, 1801 9th Avenue North, Texas City, Texas.
Public comment on the application is invited from interested parties.
Submissions (original and 3 copies) shall be addressed to the Board's
Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their
receipt is on May 24, 1993. Rebuttal comments in response to material
submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the
subsequent 15-day period (to June 8, 1993).
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available
during this time for public inspection at the following locations:
U.S. Customs Service, Operations Branch,
1927 Post Office Street,
Galveston, Texas 77550.
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, room 3716,
U.S. Department of Commerce,
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: March 11, 1993.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
(FR Doc. 93-6772 Filed 3-24-93; 8:45 am)