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Foreign-Trade Zone 158-Vicksburg/Jackson, Mississippi; Application for Reorganization (Expansion of Service Area) Under Alternative Site Framework

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An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board by the Greater Mississippi Foreign-Trade Zone, Inc., grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 158, requesting authority to reorganize the zone to expand its service area under the alternative site framework (ASF) adopted by the FTZ Board (15 CFR Sec. 400.2(c)). The ASF is an option for grantees for the establishment or reorganization of zones and can permit significantly greater flexibility in the designation of new subzones or “usage-driven” FTZ sites for operators/users located within a grantee's “service area” in the context of the FTZ Board's standard 2,000-acre activation limit for a zone. The application was submitted pursuant to the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR part 400). It was formally docketed on March 9, 2021.

FTZ 158 was approved by the FTZ Board on April 11, 1989 (Board Order 430, 54 FR 15480 April 18, 1989) and reorganized under the ASF on September 6, 2018 (Board Order 2060, 83 FR 46142, September 12, 2018). The zone currently has a service area that includes Claiborne, Hinds, Madison, Marshall, Pontotoc, Rankin, Tate, Warren and Washington Counties and portions of Lee and Tishomingo Counties, Mississippi.

The applicant is now requesting authority to expand the service area of the zone to include Grenada and Panola Counties, as described in the application. If approved, the grantee would be able to serve sites throughout the expanded service area based on companies' needs for FTZ designation. The application indicates that the proposed expanded service area is adjacent to the Greenville (Mississippi) and Memphis (Tennessee) Customs and Border Protection Ports of Entry.

In accordance with the FTZ Board's regulations, Camille Evans 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 FTZ Board.

Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions shall be addressed to the FTZ Board's Executive Secretary and sent to: ftz@trade.gov. The closing period for their receipt is May 14, 2021. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period to June 1, 2021.

A copy of the application will be available for public inspection in the “Reading Room” section of the FTZ Board's website, which is accessible via www.trade.gov/​ftz. For further information, contact Camille Evans at Camille.Evans@trade.gov or (202) 482-2350.

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Dated: March 9, 2021.

Andrew McGilvray,

Executive Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2021-05298 Filed 3-12-21; 8:45 am]

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