DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 27-90]
55 FR 27291
July 2, 1990
Foreign-Trade Zone 84 -- Harris County, TX (Houston Customs Port of
Entry); Application for Subzone; Gulf Coast Maritime Supply Export
Distribution Facility, Houston, TX
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Port of Houston Authority, grantee of FTZ 84, requesting
special-purpose subzone status for the export distribution facility of Gulf
Coast Maritime Supply, Inc. (GCMS), located in Houston, Texas, within the
Houston Customs port of entry. The application was submitted pursuant to
the provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-
81u), and the regulations of the Board (15 CFR part 400). It was formally
filed on June 22, 1990.
The GCMS facility (1.3 acres), located at 5922 Harvey Wilson Drive, is
used to distribute tax free and duty free merchandise, such as beer,
liquor, and tobacco products to internationally destined vessels and
aircraft and to duty free shops and consulates.
Zone procedures would exempt GCMS from Customs duty payments and federal
excise tax payments on foreign merchandise that is reexported, and would
exempt the company from federal excise tax payments on domestic merchandise
that is shipped directly from the manufacturer and admitted to the subzone
in zone restricted status (GCMS has licenses from the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms). The applicant indicates that zone savings would help
the facility compete with other such facilities in foreign countries.
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; Paul Rimmer,
Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service, Southwest
Region, 5850 San Felipe Street, Houston, Texas 77057-3012; and Colonel
Brink P. Miller, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Galveston,
P.O. Box 1229, Galveston, Texas 77553-1229.
Comments concerning the proposed subzone 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 August 16, 1990.
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available
during this time for public inspection at each of the following locations:
U.S. Department of Commerce,
District Office, 2625 Federal Courthouse Building,
515 Rusk Street,
Houston, Texas 77002.
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 25, 1990.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 90-15283 Filed 6-29-90; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-DS-M