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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                                 [Docket 21-90] 
 
                                  55 FR 23955 
 
                                 June 13, 1990 
 
   Foreign-Trade Zone 65 -- Panama City, FL; Application for Extension, 
Berg Steel Pipe Corp., Zone Manufacturing Operation 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Panama City Port Authority, grantee of FTZ 65, Panama 
City, Florida, requesting an extension of authority on behalf of Berg Steel 
Pipe Corporation (BSPC) for its manufacturing operations at its steel pipe 
plant within FTZ 65. The application was formally filed on May 30, 1990.  
 
   The Board authorized the Port Authority to establish a foreign-trade zone
in Panama City within its Port complex in 1981 (Board Order 171, 46 FR 
8072, 1/26/81). The decision included authorization for BSPC's new steel 
pipe plant for five years, subject to extension. In 1987, the authority was 
extended to September 30, 1990 (Board Order 362, 52 FR 28713). The Port 
Authority is now requesting an indefinite extension. 
 
   BSPC is a producer of large diameter steel pipe with outer diameters of 
24 to 72 inches, employing over 200 persons. In recent years, the plant has 
purchased over 65 percent of its carbon steel plate requirements from 
domestic sources. Some of the products are exported. 
 
   Zone procedures would exempt BSPC from duty payments on the foreign 
steel used in its exports. On its domestic sales, the company is able to 
choose the same duty rate available to importers of finished pipe (1.9%). 
The duty rate on steel plate is 6.0 percent The application indicates that 
the zone savings helps BSPC compete against imports of finished steel pipe 
and in foreign markets.  
 
   In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has 
been appointed to investigate the application and report to the Board. The 
committee consists of: Dennis Puccinelli (Chairman), Foreign-Trade Zones 
Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; Howard Cooperman,
Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service, Southeast 
Region, 99 SE. 5th Street, Miami, Florida 33131; and Colonel Larry S. 
Bonine, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Mobile, P.O. Box 
2286, Mobile, Alabama 36628.  
 
   Comments concerning the proposed extension of authority are invited in 
writing from interested parties. They should be addressed to the Board's 
Executive Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before July 
25, 1990.  

   A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available 
during this time for public inspection at each of the following locations:
 
 
Port Director's Office, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
5321 W. Highway 98, 
Panama City, Florida 32401. 

Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 
14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., room 2835, 
Washington, DC 20230.  
 
   Dated: June 6, 1990. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 90-13605 Filed 6-12-90; 8:45 am] 
 
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