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Foreign-Trade Zone 174 Tucson, Arizona, Application for Expansion and Reorganization under Alternative Site Framework

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An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board (the Board) by Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc., grantee of FTZ 174, requesting authority to expand the zone and reorganize under the alternative site framework (ASF) adopted by the Board (74 FR 1170, 01/12/09; correction 74 FR 3987, 01/22/09). The ASF is an option for grantees for the establishment or reorganization of general-purpose zones and can permit significantly greater flexibility in the designation of new “usage-driven” FTZ sites for operators/users located within a grantee's “service area” in the context of the Board's standard 2,000-acre activation limit for a general-purpose zone project. 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 13, 2009.

The grantee's proposed service area under the ASF would be the County of Pima, Arizona. If approved, the grantee would be able to serve sites throughout the service area based on companies' needs for FTZ designation. The proposed service area is adjacent to or within the Tucson Customs and Border Protection port of entry.

FTZ 174 was approved by the Board on January 30, 1991 (Board Order 508, 56 FR 4595, 02/05/91) and expanded on August 9, 2000 (Board Order 1114, 65 FR 50177, 08/17/00). The applicant is requesting to include its current six sites as “magnet sites”. The applicant proposes that Site 2 be exempt from “sunset” time limits that otherwise apply to sites under the ASF. The applicant is also requesting approval of the following initial “usage-driven” site: Proposed Site 7 (97.71 acres) - the Target Corporation Distribution Center, 8940 East Rita Park Drive, in Tucson.

In accordance with the Board's regulations, Christopher Kemp of the FTZ staff is designated examiner to evaluate and analyze the facts and information presented in the application and case record and to report findings and recommendations to the Board.

Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions (original and 3 copies) shall be addressed to the Board's Executive Secretary at the address listed below. The closing period for their receipt is December 21, 2009. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to January 4, 2010)

A copy of the application will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 2111, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230-0002, and in the “Reading Room” section of the Board's website, which is accessible via​ftz. For further information, contact Christopher Kemp at or (202) 482-0862.

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Dated: October 13, 2009.

Elizabeth Whiteman

Acting Executive Secretary.

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[FR Doc. E9-25341 Filed 10-20-09; 8:45 am]