DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
55 FR 35915
September 4, 1990
Foreign-Trade Zone 124 -- LaPlace, LA, (Gramercy Customs Port of Entry),
Application for Subzone, North American Shipbuilding, Inc., Lafourche
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the South Louisiana Port Commission (SLPC), grantee of FTZ
124, requesting special purpose subzone status for the shipyard facilities
of North American Shipbuilding, Inc. (NASI) in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana,
adjacent to the Gramercy 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 August 21, 1990.
The shipyard is located on 14 acres at Industrial Road and Highway 308 in
Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. The facility employs 200 persons and is used
for the construction and repair of commercial, military and research
vessels. A 300 ft. Antarctic research vessel with icebreaking capacities is
currently under construction for lease to the National Science Foundation.
Up to 20 percent of the components for the vessel are sourced abroad
including diesel engines and engine parts, pumps, gears, cranes, other deck
machinery and equipment, navaigation equipment, propellers, compressor
parts, articles of iron/steel, and other electronic equipment.
Zone procedures will help NASI 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 0 percent to 10 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 244, 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 October 22, 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 Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: August 27, 1990.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 90-20703 Filed 8-31-90; 8:45 am]
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