[Federal Register: February 16, 1995 (Volume 60, Number 32)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zone 39--Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, Pier 1 Imports,
Inc. (Home Furnishings, Housewares and Gift Products); Application for
Subzone Status, Mansfield, TX
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board,
grantee of FTZ 39, requesting special-purpose subzone status for a
distribution facility of Pier 1 Imports, Inc., located in Mansfield,
Texas, within the Dallas/Fort Worth port of entry area. 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 February 7, 1995.
Pier 1 is a nationwide retailer of home furnishings, housewares,
clothing, fashion accessories, and gifts, headquartered in Fort Worth,
Texas. The company operates 586 stores in North America with total
sales of $700 million. Pier 1 has seven distribution centers in the
Pier One's Mansfield distribution facility (460,000 sq. ft. on 29-
acre site) is located at 2200 Heritage Parkway in Mansfield, Texas,
some 15 miles east of Fort Worth. It is used to distribute a wide range
of consumer products, most of which are of foreign origin. While the
company currently uses the facility (52 employees) to supply Pier 1
stores in the southwestern United States and three Pier 1 stores in
Mexico, it plans to expand the plant for new international distribution
activity as part of an overall company effort to increase exports to
Mexico and other Latin American markets.
Zone procedures would exempt Pier 1 from Customs duty payments on
the foreign products that are reexported. On domestic sales, the
company would be able to defer Customs duty payments. Foreign materials
and finished products held for export would be eligible for an
exemption from certain state and local ad valorem taxes. The
application indicates that the use of zone procedures at the facility
is needed for proposed export activity.
In accordance with the Board's regulations, a member of the FTZ
Staff has been designated examiner to investigate the application and
report to the Board.
Public comment on the application is invited from interested
parties. Submissions (original and three copies) shall be addressed to
the Board's Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing
period of their receipt is April 17, 1995. Rebuttal comments in
response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be
submitted during the subsequent 15-day period to May 2, 1995.
A copy of the application and the accompanying exhibits will be
available for public inspection at each of the following locations:
U.S. Department of Commerce District Office, P.O. Box 58130, 2050 N.
Stemmons Freeway, Suite 170, Dallas, Texas 75258.
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S.
Department of Commerce, Room 3716, 14th Street & Constitution Avenue,
NW., Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: February 9, 1995.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 95-3959 Filed 2-15-95; 8:45 am]
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