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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[DOCKET 25-97]

 
Foreign-Trade Zone 202, Los Angeles, CA; Proposed Foreign-Trade 
Subzone, Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (Oil Refinery Complex) El Segundo, CA

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners, grantee 
of FTZ 202, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the oil 
refinery complex of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., located in El Segundo, 
California. 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 31, 1997.
    The refinery complex (256,000 BPD, 1,200 employees) is located on a 
1,000-acre site at 324 W. El Segundo Boulevard, in El Segundo (Los 
Angeles County), California, some 19 miles south of Los Angeles. The 
refinery is used to produce fuels and petrochemical feedstocks. Fuel 
products include gasoline, jet fuel, distillates, residual fuels, 
naphthas and motor fuel blendstocks. Petrochemical feedstocks and 
refinery by-products include methane, ethane, propane, propylene, 
butane, petroleum coke and sulfur. Some 19 percent of the crude oil (92 
percent of inputs), and some 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 Customs duty rates that 
apply to certain petrochemical feedstocks and refinery by-products 
(duty-free) by admitting incoming foreign crude oil and natural gas 
condensate in non-privileged foreign status. The duty rates on inputs 
range from 5.25 cents/barrel to 10.5 cents/barrel. 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 
June 9, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted 
during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-
day period to June 24, 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, 11000 Wilshire 
Blvd., Room 9200, Los Angeles, California 90024
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 
3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 
Washington, DC 20230

    Dated: April 2, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-9263 Filed 4-9-97; 8:45 am]
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