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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 1-81] 
 
                                   46 FR 3254 
 
                                January 14, 1981 
 

Foreign-Trade Zone No. 62, Cameron County, Texas (Brownsville Customs Port 
of Entry); Application for Expansion 

TEXT: Notice is hereby given that an application has been submitted to the 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Brownsville Navigation 
District (BND), a Texas public corporation and grantee of Foreign-Trade 
Zone No. 62, requesting authority to expand its zone to include two 
additional sites in Cameron County, within the Brownsville Customs port of 
entry. The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the 
Foreign-Trade Zones Act of 1934, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the 
regulations of the Board (15 CFR Part 400). It was formally filed on 
January 5, 1981. The applicant is authorized to make this proposal under 
Senate Bill No. 1105, Texas Legislature, signed June 13, 1979. 

   The application is a reactivation of a previous request for zone status 
for sites 3 and 4 in BND's original application filed October 31, 1979. 
While the Board granted BND authority to establish a foreign-trade zone 
at several sites within the port complex in Cameron County on October 20, 
1980, it denied approval for sites 3 and 4 because the application 
contained no clearances from the Department of Energy (DOE). BND has since 
then contacted DOE and at the suggestion of that agency has resubmitted 
its proposal. 

   The proposed sites embrace the operations of two independent crude oil 
refineries, each with a 10,000 barrel per day capacity: Vedette Oil 
Refinery, Inc. (Site 3); and, Petraco Valley Oil Refining Corporation 
(Site 4). Both sites are located within the Port of Brownsville, east of 
the intersection of State Highway 48 and FM 511. 

   The application contains information concerning the economic rationale 
for granting zone status to the refineries. Both now process foreign crude 
oil for the domestic market. Zone procedures will permit the refineries to 
use excess capacity to refine additional foreign crude under processing 
agreements for re-export. BND feels that this could have a favorable effect 
on the U.S. balance of trade, increase U.S. value added, lower consumer 
prices through increased efficiency, and provide stability in the supply 
of crude oil.  

   In accordance with the Board's regulations, an Examiners Committee has 
been appointed to investigate the application and report thereon to the 
Board. The committee consists of Hugh J. Dolan (Chairman), Office of the 
Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 20230; Donald 
Gough, Director (Inspection and Control), Region VI, U.S. Customs Service, 
Suite 1240, 500 Dallas Street, Houston, Texas 77002; and Colonel James M. 
Sigler, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Galveston, P.O. Box 
1229, Galveston, Texas 77443. 

   Comments concerning the proposed zone expansion are invited in writing 
from interested persons and organizations. They should be addressed to the 
Board's Executive Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or 
before February 6, 1981. 

   A Copy of the application is available for public inspection at each 
of the following locations: 
 
Administrative Offices, 
Brownsville Navigation District, 
Port of Brownsville, 
Highways 48 and 511, 
Brownsville, Texas 78520 

Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 
14th and E Streets, N.W., Room 2006, 
Washington, D.C. 20230  


Dated: January 9, 1981. 

John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board.  

[FR Doc. 81-1278 Filed 1-13-81; 8:45 am]