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                           (Cite as: 58 FR 63911)


                           DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

    			Foreign-Trade Zones Board

                               (Docket 58-93)

  Foreign-Trade Zone 62--Brownsville, Texas, Application for Subzone; Mid
             Pipe Fabricating, Inc. (Steel Pipe); Harlingen, TX

                          Friday, December 3, 1993

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the 
Board) by the Brownsville Navigation District, grantee of FTZ 62, requesting
special-purpose subzone status at the steel pipe fabrication facilities of 
Mid States Pipe Fabricating, Inc. (Mid States), located in Harlingen, 
Texas. 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 November 24, 1993.

The Mid States facility (18 acres) is located on FM Route 106, within the
Port of Harlingen Complex, Harlingen, Texas, some twenty miles northwest of
the Port of Brownsville. The facility is used to fabricate steel and steel
alloy pipe ( 1/2 '' to 60'' outer diameter) used by oil refineries and
chemical processing, paper production, power generation, and motor vehicle
manufacturing plants. Foreign-origin materials used in the manufacturing
process include: iron and steel (alloy or non-alloy including carbon,
stainless and chrome) pipes, flanges, elbows, fittings, swage nipples and
related items. (Foreign materials would be admitted in privileged foreign
status (19 CFR 146.41)).

Zone procedures would exempt Mid States from Customs duty payments on the
foreign materials used in export production (30% of output). On domestic
sales, the company would be able to defer Customs duties until finished
products are shipped from the plant. Foreign materials and finished
products held for export would be eligible for an exemption from certain
state and local ad valorem taxes. The application indicates that the
savings from zone procedures would help improve Mid States' international

In accordance with the Board's regulations (as revised, 56 FR 50790-50808,
10- 8-91), a member of the FTZ Staff has been appointed examiner to
investigate the application and report to the Board.

Public comment on the application is invited from interested parties.
Submissions (original and three copies) shall be addressed to the Board's
Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their
receipt is February 1, 1994. Rebuttal comments in response to material
submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the
subsequent 15-day period to February 16, 1994.

A copy of the application and the accompanying exhibits will be available
for public inspection at each of the following locations:
U.S. Customs Service, 
Office of the Port Director, 
Brownsville, Texas 78520.

Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, room 3716,
14th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: November 26, 1993.

John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,

Executive Secretary.

(FR Doc. 93-29630 Filed 12-2-93; 8:45 am)