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[Federal Register: September 21, 1995 (Volume 60, Number 183)]
[Page 48965-48966]
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Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Docket A(32b1)-17-95

Foreign-Trade Zone 84--Houston, TX, Subzone 84J, Shell Oil
Company (Oil Refinery Complex); Request for Modification of

    A request has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
Board) by the Port of Houston Authority, grantee of FTZ 84, pursuant to
Sec. 400.32(b)(1) of the Board's regulations, for modification of the
restrictions in FTZ Board Order 669 (58 FR 68116, 12/23/93) authorizing
Subzone 84J at the crude oil refinery complex of Shell Oil Company
(Shell) in Harris County, Texas. The request was formally filed on
September 13, 1995.
    The Board Order in question was issued subject to certain standard
restrictions, including one that required the election of privileged
foreign status on incoming foreign merchandise. The zone grantee has
requested that the latter restriction be modified so that Shell would
have the option available under the FTZ Act to choose non-privileged
foreign (NPF) status on foreign refinery inputs used to produce certain
petrochemical feedstocks and by-products, including the following:
Benzene, toluene, xylenes, other hydrocarbon mixtures, distillates/
residual fuel oils, kerosene, naphthas, liquified petroleum gas,
ethane, methane, propane, butane, ethylene,

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propylene, butylene, butadiene, petroleum coke, asphalt, sulfur, and
sulfuric acid.
    The request cites the FTZ Board's recent decision in the Amoco,
Texas City, Texas case (Board Order 731, 60 FR 13118, 3/10/95) which
authorized subzone status with the NPF option noted above. In the Amoco
case, the Board concluded that the restriction that precluded this NPF
option was not needed under current oil refinery industry

    Public comment on the proposal 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 October 23, 1995.

    A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be
available for public inspection at the following location: Office of
the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. Department of
Commerce, Room 3716, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

    Dated: September 15, 1995.

John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,

Executive Secretary.

[FR Doc. 95-23486 Filed 9-20-95; 8:45 am]