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Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 78-96]

Foreign-Trade Zone 49--Newark/Elizabeth, NJ, Proposed Foreign-
Trade Subzone, Chevron Products Company (Crude Oil Refinery), Perth
Amboy, New Jersey

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, grantee of FTZ 49, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the crude oil refinery of Chevron Products Company, located in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. 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 October 21, 1996.

The refinery (80,000 barrels per day capacity; 82 employees) is located at a 340-acre site at 1200 State Street, Perth Amboy (Middlesex County), New Jersey, in the New York City port of entry area. It is used to produce asphalt and refinery feedstocks, including residual fuel oil, distillate fuel oil, kerosene, naphthas, propane, butane and other petroleum gases. All of the crude oil (nearly all inputs) is 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 asphalt, and certain other refinery products such as propane, butane and other petroleum gases (duty-free) instead of the duty rates that would otherwise apply to the foreign-sourced inputs (e.g., crude oil, natural gas condensate). The duty on inputs 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 December 30, 1996. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15- day period (to January 14, 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 Export Assistance Center, 3131 Princeton Pike, Bldg. #6, Suite 100, Trenton, NJ 08648 Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230

Dated: October 23, 1996. Dennis Puccinelli, Acting Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 96-27855 Filed 10-29-96; 8:45 am]