Harbour Foreign Trade Zone

The Texas City Foreign Trade Zone Corporation was created to operate and maintain a foreign trade zone and subsequent subzones in Galveston, Brazoria, and Chambers County areas for the promotion of international trade. The administration of the Texas City Foreign Trade Zone Corporation is conducted by a board of directors and a general manager. The City Commission appoints the board of directors, and the board of directors of the corporation appoints the general manager. Although the Foreign Trade Zone Corporation has the authority to set user fees, its operational and capital budgets must be approved by the City Commission.

The City of Texas City operates a Foreign Zone (#199) in accordance with the Foreign Trade Zone Act. The Foreign Trade Zone Act was created to expedite and encourage foreign commerce in the United States.

Merchandise of every description may be held in the Zone with being subject to Customs duties and other ad valorem taxes. This tariff and tax relief is designated to lower the costs of U.S. based operations engaged in international trade.

Meeting Information
Texas City Harbour Foreign Trade Zone Corporations- The number of directors constituting the initial Board of Directors is five (5), and the terms of office shall be three (3) years staggered. There are no limits to the number of consecutive terms Board Members may serve.


  • Joe Kainer
  • Randy Dietel
  • William T. Etheredge
  • John Hackbarth
  • Rev. Jerry Lee

Please direct all questions, comments, and/or concerns to Rhomari Leigh, City Secretary.