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                           DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

                              [Order No. 526]

   Resolution and Order Approving the Application of the Port of Houston
   for a Special-Purpose Subzone for Export Activity at the Liquor Export
                of Gulf Coast Maritime Supply in Houston, TX

                          Friday, August 16, 1991

Proceedings of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Washington, DC.

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 (the 
Board) has adopted the following Resolution and Order:

The Board, having considered the matter hereby orders:

After consideration of the application of the Port of Houston Authority,
grantee of FTZ 84, filed with the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) on 
June 22, 1990, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the export 
distribution facility of Gulf Coast Maritime Supply, Inc., located in 
Houston, Texas, the Board, finding that the requirements of Foreign-Trade 
Zones Act, as amended, and the FTZ Board's regulations are satisfied, and 
that the proposal is in the public interest, approves the application.

The Secretary of Commerce, as Chairman and Executive Officer of the Board,
is hereby authorized to issue a grant of authority and appropriate Board 

Grant of Authority To Establish a Foreign-Trade Subzone in Houston, Texas

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 Port of Houston Authority, grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 84, 
has made application (filed June 22, 1990, FTZ Docket 27-90, 55 FR 27291) 
is due and proper form to the Board for authority to establish a special-
purpose subzone for export activity at the distribution facility of Gulf 
Coast Maritime Supply, Inc. (GCMS), in Houston, Texas;

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 and that the proposal is in the public 

Now, therefore, in accordance with the application filed June 22, 1990, the
Board hereby authorizes the establishment of a subzone at the GCMS facility
in Houston, Texas, designated on the records of the Board as Foreign-Trade
Subzone No. 84E at the location mentioned above and more particularly
described on the maps and drawings accompanying the application, said grant
of authority being subject to the provisions and restrictions of the Act
and regulations issued thereunder, and also to the following express
conditions and limitations;

Activation 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 facility 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 the Army District 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 or his delegate at Washington, DC, this 8th day of August, 1991, 
pursuant to Order of the Board.

Foreign-Trade Zones Board.

Eric I. Garfinkel,

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration, Chairman,
Committee of Alternates.


Dennis Puccinelli,

Acting Executive Secretary.

[FR Doc. 91-19629 Filed 8-15-91; 8:45 am]