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                                  NOTICES

                           DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

                              [Order No. 552]

   Resolution and Order Regarding the Application of the Port of Houston
                                 Authority
  Approving With Restrictions Special-Purpose Subzone Status at the Phibro
 Refining, Inc., Refinery in Houston, Texas and Disapproving Subzone Status
                                    for
the Phibro Refinery in Texas City, Texas; Proceedings of the Foreign
                        -Trade Zones Board, Washington, DC

                         Friday, December 27, 1991


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) adopts 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 
May 18, 1990, requesting special-purpose subzone status at the oil 
refineries of Phibro Refining, Inc., (formerly Hill Petroleum Company) 
located in Houston and Texas City, Texas, the Board, finding (1), in regard 
to the Houston site, that the requirements of the FTZ Act, as amended, and 
the Board's regulations would be satisfied and that the proposal would be 
in the public interest if approval were subject to the following 
restrictions: foreign crude oil used as fuel for the refinery shall be 
dutiable; and, privileged foreign status shall be elected on foreign crude 
oil and other foreign merchandise admitted to the subzone, approves that 
part of the application subject to the foregoing restrictions; and, finding 
(2), in regard to the Texas City site, that such requirements would not be 
satisfied because approval of that part of the proposal would not be in the 
public interest, disapproves that part of the application.

The approval of the Houston site is subject to the FTZ Act and the FTZ
Board's regulations (as revised, 56 FR 50790-50808, 10/8/91), including 
400.28. The Secretary of Commerce, as Chairman and Executive Officer of the
Board, is hereby authorized to issue a grant of authority and appropriate 
Board Order.

Board Order and Grant of Authority Establishing a Foreign-Trade Subzone in
Houston, Texas and Disapproving Subzone Status for a Proposed Site in Texas 
City, Texas

Whereas, by an Act of Congress approved June 18, 1934, an Act "To provide
for the establishment 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 to grant to corporations the privilege of 
establishing foreign-trade zones in or adjacent to U.S. Customs ports of 
entry;

Whereas, the Board's regulations (15 CFR part 400) provide for the 
establishment of special-purpose subzones;

Whereas, the Port of Houston Authority, grantee of FTZ 84, has made 
application (filed 5-18-90, FTZ Docket 19-90, 55 FR 22053, 5-31-90) to the 
Board for authority to establish special-purpose subzones at the oil 
refineries of Phibro Refining, Inc., (formerly Hill Petroleum Company) in  
Houston, and Texas City, 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 with respect to the request for subzone
status at the Houston refinery, but that such requirements are not
satisfied with respect to the request for subzone status at the Texas City 
refinery;

Now, Therefore, the Board hereby authorizes the establishment of a subzone
at the Phibro refinery in Houston, Texas, designated on the records of the
Board as Foreign-Trade Subzone 84F, at the location described in the
application, subject to the Act and the Board's Regulations (as revised, 56
FR 50790-50808, 10/8/91), including  400.28, and to the restrictions in
the resolution accompanying this action, and disapproves the request for
subzone status at the Phibro Refinery in Texas City, Texas.

Signed at Walshington, DC, this 20th day of December, 1991, pursuant to 
Order of the Board.

Francis J. Sailer,

Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration, Chairman,
Committee of Alternates, Foreign-Trade Zones Board.

Attest:

John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,

Executive Secretary.

[FR Doc. 91-30978 Filed 12-26-91; 8:45 am]