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                           DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

                              (Order No. 669)

            Shell Oil Co.; Grant of Authority for Subzone Status

                        Thursday, December 23, 1993

Pursuant to its authority under 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 Order: Grant of authority for subzone status: 
Shell Oil Company, (Oil Refinery/Petrochemical Complex), Harris County, 

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 qualified
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 when existing zone facilities
cannot serve the specific use involved;

Whereas, an application from the Port of Houston Authority, grantee of
Foreign-Trade Zone 84, for authority to establish a special-purpose subzone
for the crude oil refinery and petrochemical complex of Shell Oil Company,
in Harris County (Houston area), Texas, was filed by the Board on August
14, 1992, and notice inviting public comment was given in the Federal
Register (FTZ Docket 28-92, 57 FR 38667, 8/26/92); and,

Whereas, the Board has found that the requirements of the Act and Board's
regulations would be satisfied, and that approval of the application would
be in the public interest if approval is subject to the conditions listed

Now, Therefore, the Board hereby authorizes the establishment of a subzone
(Subzone 84J) at the Shell Oil Company refinery and petrochemical complex
in Harris County (Houston area), Texas, at the location described in the
application, subject to the FTZ Act and the Board's regulations, including
 400.28, and subject to the following conditions:
1. Foreign crude oil or products used as fuel for the refinery shall be
2. Shell shall elect privileged foreign status on foreign crude oil and
other foreign products admitted to the subzone, except as indicated below.
3. Shell may elect nonprivileged foreign status with respect to foreign
crude oil that is associated with sulfur by-product that results from the
refining process, based on an appropriate allocation method to be
determined by Customs. This initial approval is limited to a period of
three years beginning from the date of activation, subject to extension.
Signed at Washington, DC, this 15th day of December 1993.

Barbara R. Stafford,

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


John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,

Executive Secretary.

(FR Doc. 93-31396 Filed 12-22-93; 8:45 am)