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[Federal Register: July 3, 1995 (Volume 60, Number 127)]
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[Docket 34-95]

Foreign-Trade Zone 84, Houston, TX Proposed Foreign-Trade Subzone
Crown Central Petroleum Corporation (Oil Refinery Complex) Harris
County, Texas

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Port of Houston Authority, grantee of FTZ 84,
requesting special-purpose subzone status for the oil refinery complex
of Crown Central Petroleum Corporation (Crown), located in Harris
County, Texas. 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
June 23, 1995.
    The refinery complex (341 acres) consists of 2 sites in Harris
County, Texas: Site 1 (200 acres)--main refinery and petrochemical
feedstock complex located on the Houston Ship Channel, at 111 Red Bluff
Road, Houston; and Site 2 (141 acres)--Crown Tank Farm and Terminal,
located at 1200 Red Bluff Road, Pasadena.
    The refinery (100,000 barrels per day; 380 employees) is used to
produce fuels and petrochemical feedstocks. Fuels produced include
gasoline, jet fuel, kerosene, gas oil, diesel fuel, residual fuels, and
naphthas. Petrochemicals include methane, ethane, butane, propane, and
propylene. Refinery by-products include sulfur and petroleum coke.
Almost 80 percent of the crude oil (80 percent of inputs) and some
feedstocks and motor fuel blendstocks are 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 certain petrochemical
feedstocks and refinery by-products (duty-free). The duty on crude oil
ranges from 5.25 cents to 10.5 cents/barrel. Foreign merchandise would
also be exempt from state and local ad valorem taxes. 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
September 1, 1995. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted
during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-
day period to September 18, 1995.
    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 District Office, #1 Allen Center, Suite
1160, 500 Dallas, Houston, Texas 77002
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room
3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20230.

    Dated: June 26, 1995.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 95-16309 Filed 6-30-95; 8:45 am]