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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE [Docket 75-96] Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone--Memphis, Tennessee Application and Public Hearing
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Memphis International Trade Development Corporation (a Tennessee not-for-profit corporation), to establish a general- purpose foreign-trade zone in Memphis, Tennessee, adjacent to the Memphis 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 October 11, 1996. The applicant is authorized to make the proposal under Section 7-85-103 of the Tennessee Statutes.
The proposed zone would be the second general-purpose zone in the Memphis Customs port of entry area. The existing zone is FTZ 77 at sites in Memphis, Tennessee (Grantee: City of Memphis, Tennessee, Board Order 189, 47 FR 16191, 4/15/82).
The proposed new zone would be located at the Memphis TradeCenter industrial park (50 acres), U.S. Highway 78 and Tuggle Road, Memphis. It is owned by CP TradeCenter, Ltd. and will be operated by the Foreign Trade Zone Operating Company of Texas. The first phase of development will involve constructing a 268,000 square foot multi-tenant facility.
The application contains evidence of the need for additional zone services in the Memphis area. Several firms have indicated an interest in using zone procedures for warehousing/distribution of such items as electronics and medical 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, 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 November 13, 1996, at 9:00 a.m., at the Memphis Chamber of Commerce, 22 North Front Street, Suite 200, Memphis, Tennessee 38103.
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 December 23, 1996. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to January 6, 1997).
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available during this time for public inspection at the following locations: U.S. Department of Commerce, Export Assistance Center, 22 North Front Street, Suite 200, Memphis, TN 38103.
Office of the Executive Secretary Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 3716 U.S. Department of Commerce 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: October 11, 1996. John J. Da Ponte, Jr., Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 96-27053 Filed 10-21-96; 8:45 am]