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Foreign-Trade Zones Board 

[Docket 64-97]  

Foreign-Trade Zone 124-Gramercy, LA, Application for Subzone 
Status, Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. (Shipbuilding)  

   An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones 
Board (the Board) by the South Louisiana Port Commission, grantee 
of FTZ 124, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the 
shipbuilding facility of Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. (BSI), located 
in Lockport, Louisiana. 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 August 11, 1997.  
   The BSI shipyard (250 acres, 334,000 sq.ft., 560 employees) 
is located at 8365 State Highway 308, Lockport (LaFourche Parish), 
Louisiana, and is used in the construction, repair, and conversion 
of commercial and military vessels for domestic and international 
customers. Foreign components used at the BSI shipyard (up to 
30% of total) include propulsion units, engines and parts, gears, 
pumps, pulleys, compressors and parts, measuring instruments 
(duty rate range: free-6%, ad valorem).  
   FTZ procedures would exempt BSI from Customs duty payments 
on the foreign components used in export activity. On its domestic 
sales, the company would be able to choose the duty rate that 
applies to finished oceangoing vessels (duty free) for the foreign-
origin components noted above. The manufacturing activity conducted 
under FTZ procedures would be subject to the ``standard shipyard 
restriction'' applicable to foreign-origin steel mill products 
(e.g., pipe and plate), which requires that full duties be paid 
on such items. The application indicates that the savings from 
FTZ procedures would help improve the facility's international 
   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 on the application is invited from interested 
parties. Submissions (original and three copies) shall be addressed 
to the Board's Executive Secretary at the address below. The 
closing period for their receipt is October 21, 1997. Rebuttal 
comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing 
period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period 
(to November 5, 1997).  
   A copy of the application will be available for public inspection 
at the following locations:  
Office of the Port Director, U.S. Customs Service, P.O. Box 
  490, 110 North Airline Avenue, Gramercy, LA 70052  
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
  Room 3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street & Pennsylvania 
  Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230.  

   Dated: August 12, 1997. 

John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,  
Executive Secretary.  

[FR Doc. 97-22271 Filed 8-21-97; 8:45 am]