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Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Order No. 878]

Grant of Authority for Subzone Status; Shell Oil Company (Oil 
Refinery); Madison County, Illinois

    Pursuant to its authority under the Foreign-Trade Zones Act of June 
18, 1934, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) adopts the following Order:
    Whereas, by an Act of Congress approved June 18, 1934, an Act ``To 
provide for the establishment * * * of foreign-trade zones in ports of 
entry of the United States, to expedite and encourage foreign commerce, 
and for other purposes,'' as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u) (the Act), the 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) is authorized to grant to 
qualified corporations the privilege of establishing foreign-trade 
zones in or adjacent to U.S. Customs ports of entry;
    Whereas, the Board's regulations (15 CFR Part 400) provide for the 
establishment of special-purpose subzones when existing zone facilities 
cannot serve the specific use involved;
    Whereas, an application from the Tri-City Port District, grantee of 
Foreign-Trade Zone 31, for authority to establish special-purpose 
subzone status at the oil refinery complex of Shell Oil Company, at 
sites in Madison County, Illinois, was filed by the Board on April 17, 
1996, and notice inviting public comment was given in the Federal 
Register (FTZ Docket 32-96, 61 FR 18379, 4-25-96), and amended to 
include two additional sites on September 26, 1996 (61 FR 55268, 10-25-
96); and,
    Whereas, the Board adopts the findings and recommendations of the 
examiner's report, and finds that the requirements of the FTZ Act and 
Board's regulations would be satisfied, and that approval of the 
amended application would be in the public interest if approval is 
subject to the conditions listed below;
    Now, Therefore, the Board hereby grants authority for subzone 
status at the oil refinery complex of Shell Oil Company, at sites in 
Madison County, Illinois (Subzone 31B), at the locations described in 
the amended application, subject to the FTZ Act and the Board's 
regulations, including Sec. 400.28, and subject to the following 
    1. Foreign status (19 CFR Secs. 146.41, 146.42) products consumed 
as fuel for the refinery shall be subject to the applicable duty rate.
    2. Privileged foreign status (19 CFR Sec. 146.41) shall be elected 
on all foreign merchandise admitted to the subzone, except that non-
privileged foreign (NPF) status (19 CFR Sec. 146.42) may be elected on 
refinery inputs covered under HTSUS Subheadings #2709.00.1000--
#2710.00.1050, #2710.00.2500 and #2710.00.4500 which are used in the 
production of:

--Petrochemical feedstocks and refinery by-products (examiners report, 
Appendix C);
--Products for export; and,
--Products eligible for entry under HTSUS #9808.00.30 and 9808.00.40 
(U.S. Government purchases).

    3. The authority with regard to the NPF option is initially granted 
until September 30, 2000, subject to extension.

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    Signed at Washington, DC, this 10th day of March 1997.
Robert S. LaRussa,
Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration, 
Alternate Chairman, Foreign-Trade Zones Board.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-7243 Filed 3-20-97; 8:45 am]