DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zone 124--Gramercy, LA, Subzone 124A, TransAmerican
Natural Gas Corporation (Oil Refinery Complex) Request for Modification
A request has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
Board) by the South Louisiana Port Commission, grantee of FTZ 124,
pursuant to Sec. 400.32(b)(1) of the Board's regulations, for
modification of the restrictions in FTZ Board Order 379 (53 FR 11539,
4/7/88) authorizing Subzone 124A at the crude oil refinery complex of
TransAmerican Natural Gas Corporation (TransAmerican), in Destrehan,
Louisiana. The request was formally filed on March 25, 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 TransAmerican
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, toluene, xylene, naphthalene, carbon black, other
aromatic hydrocarbon mixtures, ethane, methane, propane, butane,
natural gas, ethylene, propylene, butylene, cumene, petroleum jelly,
paraffin wax, 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 May 6, 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: March 27, 1996.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 96-8366 Filed 4-4-96; 8:45 am]