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[Federal Register: November 14, 1995 (Volume 60, Number 219)]
[Notices]
[Page 57217]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
[Docket 71-95]


Foreign-Trade Zone 199, Texas City, TX Proposed Foreign-Trade
Subzone Marathon Oil Company (Oil Refinery Complex) Texas City, Texas

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Texas City Foreign Trade Zone Corporation, grantee
of FTZ 199, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the oil
refinery complex of Marathon Oil Company, located in Texas City, 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 6, 1995.
    The refinery complex (200 acres) consists of 2 sites in Galveston
County, Texas City, Texas: Site 1 (170 acres)--main refinery and
petrochemical feedstock complex located at 1320 Loop 197 South in east
Texas City; and Site 2 (30 acres/859,300 barrel capacity)--South Tank
Farm located at Dock Road and Loop 197 South across from the refinery.
    The refinery (74,000 barrels per day; 260 employees) is used to
produce fuels and petrochemical feedstocks. Fuels produced include
gasoline, jet fuel, blending stock, distillates, residual fuels, and
naphthas. Petrochemicals include methane, ethane, propane, butane,
benzene, toluene, xylene, propylene. Refinery by-products may include
sulfur and petroleum coke. Some six percent of the crude oil (90
percent of inputs), and some feedstocks and motor fuel blendstocks are
sourced abroad.
    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. The application indicates
that the savings from zone procedures would help improve the refinery's
international competitiveness.
    In accordance with the Board's regulations, 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
January 16, 1996. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted
during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-
day period (to January 29, 1996).
    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, #1 Allen Center, Suite
1160, 500 Dallas, Houston, Texas 77002
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room
3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20230.

    Dated: November 6, 1995.
Dennis Puccinelli,
Acting Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 95-28098 Filed 11-13-95; 8:45 am]
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