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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                                 [Docket 28-90] 
 
                                  55 FR 27290 
 
                                  July 2, 1990 
 
   Foreign-Trade Zone 2 -- New Orleans, LA; Avondale Industries, Inc. 
(Shipbuilding) 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans, 
grantee of FTZ 2, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the 
shipbuilding and industrial fabrication facilities of Avondale Industries, 
Inc. (Avondale), in Jefferson and Orleans Parishes, Louisiana, within the 
New Orleans 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 25, 1990. 
 
   The proposed subzone will encompass Avondale's four shipbuilding 
facilities: Main Shipyard (250 acres), 5100 River Road on the Mississippi 
River, Avondale; Westwego facility (17 acres), River Road, Westwego (5 mi. 
downriver from Main Shipyard); Harvey facility (8 acres), 3860 Peters Road, 
Harvey; and, Algiers facility (156,411 sq. ft.), 3101 Paterson Road, New 
Orleans (16 mi. downriver from Main Shipyard). 
 
   The facilities are used in the construction, repair and conversion of 
commercial and military vessels for domestic and international customers. 
Avondale intends to use zone procedures in conjunction with its 
shipbuilding operations at the facilities, which employ some 8,000 persons. 
Foreign components used by the company include transformers, compressors, 
clutches, switchboards, gate valves, compasses, telescopes, control 
consoles, ladders and lifeboats. 
 
   Zone procedures will help Avondale reduce production costs on its current
orders and compete internationally for new contracts. Most of the imported 
components are subject to duties, which range from 2 percent to 8 percent, 
while the finished products, as oceangoing vessels, are duty free.  
 
   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: John J. Da Ponte, Jr. (Chairman), Director, Foreign-
Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; Joel 
R. Mish, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, South Central Region, 
423 Canal Street, suite 245, New Orleans, LA 70130-2341; and, Colonel 
Richard V. Gorski, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District New 
Orleans, P.O. Box 60267, New Orleans, LA 70160-0267. 
 
   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 20, 1990.  
 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 
 
 
U.S. Department of Commerce District Office, 
432 World Trade Center, 2 Canal Street, 
New Orleans, LA 70130. 
 
 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, room 2835, 
14th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.  
 
   Dated: June 26, 1990. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 90-15281 Filed 6-29-90; 8:45 am] 
 
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