Inland Port Maybe?
As I was trying to write an overview of this foreign trade zone
issue, as an appendix, I was defining the terms with references to
government and association websites because there are so many arcane
terms that are virtually unknown or little known outside the circles of
interested parties. As I was doing that, I found a couple of terms
that I wasn't familiar with myself. In researching them, I found
something interesting that should be investigated further.
When Jane and I were researching foreign trade zones, Jane called
Boise City and was connected to someone in the Mayor's office. She
was asking about the foreign trade zone and what the plans were. What she was told was
that it was still in the thinking and talking stages. That wasn't
Here are the
minutes to an October 27, 2005 Meeting of the Airport
design of a new 20,000 sq. ft. custom & border protection facility
to be built beneath the future Concourse A. We are in the middle of
the design for this project which began September 14.
B7. Report on Foreign
Trade Zone Meeting: Airport staff met with Stephanie Hun
Camarillo, Idaho Commerce & Labor; Rachel Rud-Scaraglino, US Customs
and Border Protection; and Shirl Boyce, Boise Valley Economic
Partnership to discuss a foreign trade zone at Boise Airport.
According to Mr. Boyce, an FTZ should not be established until a
user is identified. In and of themselves, FTZ’s are not an economic
benefit; it will require marketing. HE also emphasized that an FTZ
will require excellent access. The railroad, interstate, and airport
are easily accessible from the
runway areas. Ms. Camarillo agrees the
airport is a strategic location for an FTZ. Mr. Boyce expressed that
BOI should not have to work on this alone. He will contact Marshall
Miller, the FTZ consultant and arrange for a conference call with
the CBP, Commerce and Labor, and airport staff. In late November
those attending this initial meeting will get together and discuss
the next steps in conducting further research. Staff will continue
to update the Airport Commission and will seek advice and counsel
once plans begin to develop.
The Mayor was one of the
prime movers behind the
initiative for a Constitutional Amendment to allow the Airport
Commission to incur debt beyond what the current law allowed. The
justification for this project was that they needed to be able to build
facilities to lease to interested corporations (Chinese government) -
such as Sinomach. The building of that warehouse was the
prerequisite for foreign trade zone status although that was never
revealed to the public (at least not that I'm aware).
On June 2, Mayor Dave Bieter issued his "State of the City" report
In his 2010 State of the City Address
delivered today, Mayor Bieter announced the City had entered into
lease negotiations with Sunergy World to construct a $45 million,
10-megawatt solar electrical-generation facility on City-owned
property west of the airport.
The state of the art project calls for locally built Transform Solar
modules and Sun Storage ground mount arrays to be installed on the
former city dump property. The power produced would be sold locally
under a standard power purchase agreement. The project is expected
to retain 20 local manufacturing jobs and create 20 construction
jobs to build the facility. The proposal also calls for construction
of state-of-the-art solar parking structures in the airport parking
lot near Orchard Street. The project represents a major step forward
in providing sustainable energy for our community.
Stressing the importance of investment
on future economic prosperity, Mayor Bieter urged residents to
support the ballot measure HJR5, which would give municipal
airports the ability to issue bonds to finance capital improvements
while ensuring those improvements can be paid for only by airport
users, not taxpayers. The proposed constitutional amendment was
approved earlier this year by both houses of the Idaho Legislature
and will appear on the November ballot.
The Mayor also renewed his call for the Idaho Legislature to
grant cities and counties the ability to exercise local option tax
authority, citing recent votes in Arizona and Kansas to fund
support for education and research and development. Mayor Bieter
noted that a locally approved half-cent sales tax could generate
approximately $7 million for research and development and $22
million for improved transit such as an expanded bus system and
commuter rail between Ada and Canyon counties. Idaho is one of only
three states in the nation – along with Mississippi and Alaska –
that has no state-dedicated or local-option funding for transit.
Something curious that I found was that
Boise is a port city. There is a river that runs through town but
it's not wide or deep enough for anything much bigger than a row boat.
So I found the definition of a port.
Port of Entry
"Port of Entry" is an officially designated location (seaports,
airports, and or land border locations) where CBP officers or
employees are assigned to accept entries of merchandise, clear
passengers, collect duties, and enforce the various provisions of
CBP and related laws
provided without cost to the Federal Government, must include:
Wharfage and anchorage adequate for oceangoing cargo/passenger
vessels (if a water port).
Cargo and passenger facilities.
Warehousing space for the
secure storage of imported cargo pending final CBP inspection and
The commitment of optimal use of electronic data input equipment and
software to permit integration with any CBP system for electronic
processing of commercial entries.
Administrative office space, cargo inspection areas, primary and
secondary inspection rooms, and storage areas, storage areas and any
other space necessary for regular CBP operations.
Identification of location and distance of nearest CBP
I also found a list
of all the ports of entry and the classifications
And then a list of ports. It turns
out that in addition to ports, there are districts.
Since I didn't know what a port district
was, I searched on that found the Santa Cruz Port District.
have incorporated into their own political subdivisions authorized
under state law in conjunction with federal laws governing the
original designation of “port”. The following information was
obtained from the Santa Cruz Harbor website.
controller of the State of California defines a district as "a
legally constituted governmental entity, which is neither a city nor
a county, established for the specific purpose of carrying out
specific activities within... defined boundaries." Districts also
exercise many of the same powers of other units of governments:
including the right to "have succession, to sue and be sued, to
acquire real or personal property, to exercise the right of eminent
domain, and to tax," among other things.
anything else, the Port is a financial being. It has the "powers of
purse" which enable it to function in this free market system. The
Port District is, of course, a tax district. This comprises a 37 sq.
mile area which includes the City of Santa Cruz and the areas of
Live Oak, Soquel and the unincorporated parts of Capitola. The tax,
which was originally $.10 (per $100 value), was a very important
part of the harbor financial picture. Fortunately, the Port also has
the power to acquire land, lease concessions, develop rents and
enterprises which all result in operating income.”
Going back to Mayor
Bieter's State of the City, the local option tax that he was talking
about is for transportation projects. $45 million for this....
Seems a bit excessive. Note that
there seems to have been a location change - but regardless, it's still
the same company and the same project.
To me it just looks like a bunch of
plasticrap spread out over a field.
Following my stream of consciousness on
the ports and port districts, it could be that what they really are
planning on putting in - that would be a $45 million dollar facility
would be an inland port with a fusion center like the Kansas City
"An Inland Port is a physical site located away from
traditional land, air and coastal borders with the vision to facilitate
and process international trade through strategic investment in
multi-modal transportation assets and by promoting value-added services
as goods move through the supply chain."
Center for Transportation Research,
University of Texas