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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                                  54 FR 49321 
 
                               November 30, 1989 
 
   Foreign-Trade Zone 84 -- Harris County, TX; Application for Subzone Zeon 
Synthetic Rubber Plant, Harris County 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Port of Houston Authority, grantee of FTZ 84, rquesting 
special-purpose subzone status for a new synthetic rubber manufacturing plant
under construction by Zeon Chemical, Inc. (subsidiary of Nippon Zeon Co. 
Ltd., Japan), in Harris County, Texas, adjacent to the Houston Customs port 
of entry. 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 
November 17, 1989.  
 
   The new plant is being constructed on a 34-acre parcel located on Choate 
Road at State Route 146, within the Bayport Industrial Development in 
Harris County. The facility will be used to process imported nitrile 
butadiene rubber (NBR), by hydrogenation to produce a patented form of 
hydrogenated NBR (Zetpol), which would be sold to producers of such 
products as automobile hoses, belts, and seals. Zeon will purchase the 
NBR from Japan. Zeon plans to export about half of the Zetpol made at the 
new Texas plant. 
 
   NBR from Japan is presently subject to an antidumping (AD) order 
(53 FR 22553, 6/16/88), but is otherwise duty-free. Zone procedures would 
exempt Zeon from the AD duties on NBR used in Zetpol that is exported. The 
company is not seeking exemption from AD duties on products shipped into the 
U.S. market. The application indicates zone savings will encourage the 
company to shift production to the United States from Japan. 
 
   In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has 
been appointed to investigate the application and report to the Board. The 
committee consists of: Dennis Puccinelli (Chairman), Foreign-Trade Zones 
Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; Paul Rimmer, 
Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner, Southwest Region, 5850 San Felipe 
Street, Houston, Texas 77057; and, Colonel John A. Tudela, District 
Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Galveston, P.O. Box 1229, Galveston, 
Texas 77553.  
 
   Comments concerning the proposed subzone are invited in writing from 
interested parties. They shall be addressed to the Board's Executive 
Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before January 19, 1990.
 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
following locations: 
 
 
U.S. Department of Commerce, District Office, 
2625 Federal Courthouse Building, 
515 Rusk Street, 
Houston, Texas 77002; 
 
 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 2835, 
14th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.  
 
   Dated: November 20, 1989. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 89-28073 Filed 11-29-89; 8:45 am] 
 
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