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[Federal Register: January 24, 1995 (Volume 60, Number 15)]
[Page 4589-4590]
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Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[DOCKET 1-95]

Foreign-Trade Zone 124, Gramercy, Louisiana; Application for
Subzone Status Marathon Oil Company (Oil Refinery) Garyville, LA

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the South Louisiana Port Commission, grantee of FTZ 124,
requesting special-purpose subzone status for the oil refinery of
Marathon Oil Company (Marathon) (subsidiary of USX Corporation),
located in Garyville, Louisiana. 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 January 9, 1995.
    The refinery (1,370 acres) is located at Marathon Ave., between
U.S. 61 and the Mississippi River in Garyville, St. John the Baptist
Parish, Louisiana, some 35 miles northwest of New Orleans. A Marathon
pipeline (included in the subzone request) connects the refinery to the
St. James, Louisiana, crude oil storage terminal of the LOOP/LOCAP
Pipeline System.
    The refinery (255,000 barrels per day; 480 employees) is used to
produce fuels and petrochemical feedstocks. Fuels produced include
gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and fuel oil. Petrochemical feedstocks
include isobutane, propane and propylene. Refinery by-products include
sulfur, petroleum coke and asphalt. All of the crude oil (some 75
percent of inputs) and some feedstocks and motor fuel blendstocks used
by the refinery are sourced from abroad. [[Page 4590]]
    Zone procedures would exempt the refinery from Customs duty
payments on the foreign products used in its exports. On domestic
sales, the company would be able to choose the finished product duty
rate (nonprivileged foreign status--NPF) on certain petrochemical
feedstocks and refinery by-products (duty-free). The duty on crude oil
ranges from 5.25 cents to 10.5 cents/barrel. Marathon indicates that
some of the NPF finished products might be used as fuel in the refining
process. The application indicates that the savings from zone
procedures would help improve the refinery's 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 designated
examiner to investigate the application and report to the Board.
    Public comment 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
March 27, 1995. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted
during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-
day period (to April 10, 1995).
    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, Hale Boggs Federal
Building, 501 Magazine Street, Room 1043, New Orleans, LA 70130,
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 3716
U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20230.

    Dated: January 17, 1995
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 95-1758 Filed 1-23-95; 8:45 am]