DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Foreign-Trade Zone 84--Harris County, Texas; Application for Subzone;
Vetco International Inc., Tubular Goods Coating Facility, Harris County,
Friday, May 1, 1992
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 export activity at the facilities of
Tuboscope Vetco International, Inc. (TVI), Harris County, Texas, which are
engaged in the inspection and coating of oil country tubular goods. 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 April 17, 1992.
The TVI facilities consist of a coating plant (Site 1--43 acres) located at
8600 Pine Land Drive, Harris County and an inspection facility (Site 2--194
acres) located at 10222 Sheldon Road, Harris County. The facilities (101
employees) are used to inspect, clean, coat, and warehouse steel oil
country tubular goods owned by TVI's customers. The coating process
involves applying anti-corrosive materials, such as phenolic, urethane or
other plastics, to the interior of the tubes. All of the products processed
under zone procedures would be exported.
Zone procedures would exempt Tuboscope's customers from Customs duty
payments on the foreign tubular goods and coating materials because they
would be exported. The merchandise to be reexported would also be exempt
from state and local ad valorem taxes. The application indicates that
subzone status would help TVI improve its international competitiveness.
In accordance with the Board's regulations (as revised, 56 FR 50790-50808,
10- 8-91), a member of the FTZ Staff has been designated examiner to
investigate the application and report to the Board.
Public comment on the application is invited from interested parties.
Submissions (original and 3 copies) shall be addressed to the Board's
Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their
receipt is June 30, 1992. Rebuttal comments in response to material
submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the
subsequent 15-day period (to July 15, 1992).
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available for
public inspection at each of the following locations:
U.S. Department of Commerce District Office, Room 2625,
515 Rusk Street,
Houston, Texas 77002
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zone Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, room 3716,
14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: April 27, 1992.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
(FR Doc. 92-10251 Filed 4-30-92; 8:45 am)