DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone--Gregg County, Texas; Application and
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ)
Board (the Board) by Gregg County, Texas, to establish a general-
purpose foreign-trade zone in Gregg County, Texas, adjacent to the
Shreveport-Bossier Customs port of entry. The application was submitted
pursuant to the provisions of the FTZ 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 14, 1997. The applicant is authorized to make
the proposal under Senate Bill 691 of the 70th Legislature of the State
of Texas (Regular Session, 1987), codified as Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat. Ann.
The proposed zone site (299 acres) is located at the Gregg County
Airport, approximately 4 miles south of the City of Longview, Texas. It
is owned by the applicant. The proposed FTZ project is designed to
serve the entire East Texas Region consisting of fourteen counties.
(This would be the second foreign-trade zone associated with the
Shreveport-Bossier Customs port of entry. FTZ 145 in Shreveport was
established in 1988.)
The application contains evidence of the need for foreign-trade
zone services in the East Texas Region. Several firms have indicated an
interest in using zone procedures for warehousing/distribution
activity. 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 20, 1997, 2:00 p.m., Gregg County
Courthouse, 101 E. Methvin Street, Longview, Texas 75601.
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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 22, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response
to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted
during the subsequent 15-day period (to January 5, 1997).
A company of the application and accompanying exhibits will be
available during this time for public inspection at the following
Gregg County Courthouse 101 E. Methvin Street, Suite 300 Longview,
Office of the Executive Secretary Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 3716
U.S. Department of Commerce 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington,
Dated: October 15, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 97-27989 Filed 10-21-97; 8:45 am]
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