DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zone 87--Lake Charles, LA, Subzone 87A, Conoco
Inc.; Request for Modification of Restrictions (Oil Refinery Complex)
A request has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
by the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District, grantee of FTZ 87,
pursuant to Sec. 400.32(b)(1) of the Board's regulations, for
modification of the restrictions in FTZ Board Order 406 (53 FR 52455,
12/28/88) authorizing Subzone 87A at the crude oil refinery complex of
Conoco Inc., in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The request was formally filed
on January 24, 1996.
The Board Order in question was issued subject to certain standard
restrictions, including one that required the election of privileged
foreign status on incoming foreign merchandise. The zone grantee has
requested that the latter restriction be modified so that Conoco would
have the option available under the FTZ Act to choose non-privileged
foreign (NPF) status on foreign refinery inputs used to produce certain
petrochemical feedstocks and by-products, including the following:
benzene, ethane, methane, propane, other hydrocarbon mixtures,
propylene, butane, butylene, petroleum coke, sulfur, and sulfuric acid.
The request cites the FTZ Board's recent decision in the Amoco,
Texas City, Texas case (Board Order 731, 60 FR 13118, 3/10/95) which
authorized subzone status with the NPF option noted above. In the Amoco
case, the Board concluded that the restriction that precluded this NPF
option was not needed under current oil refinery industry
Public comment on the proposal 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 30, 1996.
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be
available for public inspection at the following location: Office of
the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. Department of
Commerce, Room 3716, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC
Dated: January 24, 1996.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
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