Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for surplus property?

  1. Any State
  2. The District of Columbia;
  3. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico;
  4. Guam;
  5. American Samoa;
  6. The Virgin Islands;
  7. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands;
  8. the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or
  9. Any political subdivision, municipality, or instrumentality thereof is eligible to receive property for use.

Eligibility requirements are listed in 46 CFR 387.2(b)

How many acres of property have been conveyed to grantees?

Approximately 3,000 acres of land have been conveyed to eligible grantees since the inception of the Public Benefit Conveyance Program in 1994.

Which applicants have been successful?

There have been 11 successful applicants. 

  1. Port of Benton, WA
  2. Port of Davisville, RI;
  3. City of Dillingham, AK;
  4. Port of Hueneme, CA;
  5. Port of Los Angeles, CA;
  6. Port of Long Beach, CA;
  7. Orange County Port & Navigation District;
  8. Port of Stockton, CA;
  9. Puerto Rico Port Authority;
  10. Port of Tacoma, WA; and the
  11. Tri-City Regional Port District.

A detailed listing of information on the conveyances can be viewed by clicking here. 

Where are the properties located that have been conveyed to successful applicants?

  1. Benton, WA:                                 71.00 acres
  2. Ceiba, PR                                   160.00 acres
  3. Davisville, RI                                 96.00 acres
  4. Dillingham, AK                                2.38 acres
  5. Hueneme, CA                               33.00 acres
  6. Los Angeles, CA                           25.42 acres
  7. Long Beach, CA                          282.00 acres
  8. Orange, TX                                    13.73 acres
  9. Stockton, CA                             1,373.00 acres
  10. Tacoma, WA                                    9.03 acres
  11. Granite City, IL                             752.00 acres

TOTAL CONVEYED:           2,817.56 acres

A detailed listing of information on the applicants can be viewed by clicking here.

Do grantees of Public Benefit Conveyance property own the land?

Grantees of PBC property do not own the land. 

The nature of interest in all conveyances is Fee Simple, with reversionary rights, should the Grantee not subscribe to the terms and conditions contained in the Quitclaim Deed.

Can personal property be conveyed to a Grantee as part of a PBC?


Surplus Property means Federal real property and/or related personal property duly determined to be unneeded by a Federal agency which may be conveyed to an applicant for use in the development or operation of a port facility, per 46 CFR 387.2.