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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                                [Order No. 195] 
 
                                  47 FR 36681 
 
                                August 23, 1982 
 
 
Resolution and Order Approving the Application of the Puerto Rico Industrial
Development Company, Inc., for a Special-Purpose Subzone Near Penuelas, 
Puerto Rico, Adjacent to the Ponce Customs Port of Entry 
 
TEXT: Proceedings of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Washington, D.C.  
 
 
Resolution and Order 
 
   Pursuant to the authority granted in the Foreign-Trade Zones Act of June 
18, 1934, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), the Foreign-Trade Zones Board has
adopted the following Resolution and Order: 
 
   The Board, having considered the matter, hereby orders:  
 
   After consideration of the application of the Puerto Rico Industrial 
Development Company, grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 7, filed with the 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) on April 2, 1982, requesting 
authority to establish a special-purpose subzone for the oil refining and 
petrochemical complex of the Commonwealth Oil Refining Company, Inc., near 
Penuelas, Puerto Rico, adjacent to the Ponce Customs port of entry, the 
Board, finding that the requirements of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as 
amended, and the Board's regulations are satisfied, and that the proposal 
is in the public interest, approves the application. 
 
   Special consideration has been given to the insular character of the 
Puerto Rico economy and the fact that long-standing federal and local 
government policies have been designed to encourage an adequate refining 
industry to assist its industrialization. 
 
 
Grant of Authority -- To Establish a Foreign-Trade Subzone Near Penuelas, 
Puerto Rico, Adjacent to the Ponce Customs Port of Entry  

   Whereas, by an Act of Congress approved June 18, 1934, an Act "To 
provide for the establishment, operation, and maintenance of foreign-trade 
zones in ports of entry of the United States, to expedite and encourage 
foreign commerce, and for other purposes", as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u) 
(the Act), the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) is authorized and 
empowered to grant to corporations the privilege of establishing, 
operating, and maintaining foreign-trade zones in or adjacent to ports of 
entry under the jurisdiction of the United States;  
 
   Whereas, the Board's regulations (15 CFR 400.304) provide for the 
establishment of special-purpose subzones when existing zone facilities 
cannot serve the specific use involved, and where a significant public 
benefit will result; 
 
   Whereas, the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company, Inc., grantee 
of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 7, has made application (filed April 2, 1982) in 
due and proper form to the Board for authority to establish a special-
purpose subzone at the oil refining and petrochemical complex of the 
Commonwealth Oil Refining Company, Inc., near Penuelas, Puerto Rico, 
adjacent to the Ponce Customs port of entry; 
 
   Whereas, notice of said application has been given and published, and 
full opportunity has been afforded all interested parties to be heard; and
 
   Whereas, the Board has found that the requirements of the Act and the 
Board's regulations are satisfied; 
 
   Now, therefore, in accordance with the application filed April 2, 1982, 
the Board hereby authorized the establishment of a subzone for facilities 
of the Commonwealth Oil Refining Company, Inc., near Penuelas, Puerto 
Rico, designated on the records of the Board as Foreign-Trade Subzone No. 
7B at the location mentioned above and more particulary described on the 
maps and drawings accompanying the application, said grant of authority 
being subject to the provisions and restrictions of the Act and the 
Regulations issued thereunder, to the same extent as though the same were 
fully set forth herein, and also to the following express conditions and 
limitations: 
 
   Operation of the subzone shall be commenced within a reasonable time 
from the date of issuance of the grant, and prior thereto, any necessary 
permits shall be obtained from Federal, State, and municipal authorities.
 
   Officers and employees of the United States shall have free and 
unrestricted access to and throughout the foreign-trade subzone in the 
performance of their official duties. 
 
   The grant shall not be construed to relieve responsible parties from 
liability for injury or damage to the person or property of others 
occasioned by the construction, operation, or maintenance of said subzone, 
and in no event shall the United States be liable therefor. 
 
   The grant is further subject to settlement locally by the District 
Director of Customs and District Army Engineer with the Grantee regarding 
compliance with their respective requirements for the protection of the 
revenue of the United States and the installation of suitable facilities.
 
   In witness whereof, the Foreign-Trade Zones Board has caused its name 
to be signed and its seal to be affixed hereto by its Chairman and 
Executive Officer at Washington, D.C. this  11th day of  August 1982 
pursuant to Order of the Board. 
 
 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board. 
 
 
Malcolm Baldrige, 
 
   Chairman and Executive Officer. 
 
   Attest: 
 
 
John J. DaPonte, 
 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 82-22976 Filed 8-20-82; 8:45 am] 
 
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