The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce has named the Georgia Foreign-Trade Zone its International Business of the Year. The award was given at the chamber’s annual international awards ceremony and luncheon held this year at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel on May 18.

Lineas Aereas Privadas Argentinas (LAPA), a private Argentine airline that began to fly to Atlanta last year, received the chamber’s International Transportation Business of the Year award. Robert Kennedy, who founded Kennedy & Associates, an aviation and air cargo consulting firm, last year received the International Business Person of the Year award.

Julie Brown, the foreign trade zone’s executive director, told GlobalFax last week that the zone expanded dramatically in March, 1999, when the 2,000-acre Peachtree City Industrial Park was granted the special zoning designation by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Peachtree City zone is an extension of Atlanta’s original 250-acre zone located at the Atlanta Tradeport near Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport in Clayton County.

Ms. Brown also said that the department’s Foreign Trade Zones Board in Washington, D.C., is to designate a similar status to another large industrial park located near Canton in Cherokee County in the near future.

A foreign trade zone is a location within the U.S. that is considered to be outside of the territory of the U.S. Customs Service. Companies inside a zone can accept goods without having to pay customs’ duties until the goods are delivered outside of the zone.

For more information, call D.K. Hess at (404) 608-2769 or send an e-mail to staff@claytoncham.org or call Ms. Brown at (404) 362-3532.