DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zone 199; Texas City, Texas; Application for
Subzone Status, Seaway Pipeline Company (Crude Oil Terminal), Texas
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Texas City Foreign Trade Zone Corporation, grantee
of FTZ 199, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the crude oil
distribution terminal of Seaway Pipeline Company (Seaway) (general
partnership between wholly-owned subsidiaries of ARCO Pipe Line Company
(APL) and Phillips Petroleum Company), located in Texas City, 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
March 19, 1997.
The Seaway facilities (115 acres) consist of three sites in Texas
City (Galveston County), Texas: Site 1: (14 acres)--marine terminal
located at 801 Dock Road, on the Texas City Channel of Galveston Bay, 2
miles southeast of Texas City; Site 2: (4 tanks/2.1 million barrel
capacity on 98 acres)--tank farm located at Loop 197 and State Highway
3, some 2 miles south of the marine terminal and 1 mile west of
Galveston Bay; and Site 3: (3 acres)--pump station located at Loop 197
and State Highway 3, adjacent to the tank farm. The terminal facilities
(13 employees), operated by APL, are used for the receipt, storage,
blending and distribution via pipeline of crude oil for use by refinery
customers in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and other midwestern and northern
states. Some of the crude is transshipped to APL's terminal in Cushing,
Zone procedures would allow Seaway customers to defer Customs duty
payment on foreign crude oil to domestic refineries with subzone
status. Seaway customers would be able to maintain the appropriate zone
status of the crude so that these refineries can use zone procedures as
authorized by the FTZ Board. This procedure will give these refineries
the same opportunity to use zone procedures for foreign crude delivered
from the Seaway system as those refineries with subzone status that
take direct delivery of foreign crude from vessels.
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
June 2, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted
during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-
day period (to June 16, 1997).
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, Export Assistance 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: March 24, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 97-8258 Filed 3-31-97; 8:45 am]
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