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Foreign-Trade Zone Actions in Four States

Thursday, January 05, 2012
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Expanded Manufacturing Authority Sought at Oregon Inkjet Facility. The Foreign-Trade Zones Board has received an application from the Port of Portland, grantee of FTZ 45, requesting authority to expand the scope of manufacturing authority approved within subzone 45F at the Epson Portland Inc. facility in Hillsboro, Ore. Activity at this facility currently includes manufacturing (injection molding, assembly, finishing), warehousing and distribution of inkjet printer cartridges. The new request involves the use of privileged foreign status inputs in manufacturing of ink for inkjet printer cartridges.

The FTZB states that restricted FTZ authority would allow EPI to realize certain administrative efficiencies by allowing the admission of its foreign materials for inkjet ink manufacturing in zone status. FTZ procedures could also exempt EPI from customs duty payments on the additional PF status materials used in export production, and the company anticipates that some 55% of the plant’s shipments will be exported, either as finished inkjet ink or in inkjet cartridges. EPI would further be able to defer duties on the PF status materials used in production of inkjet ink or inkjet cartridges for its domestic sales, be exempt from duty payments on foreign materials that become scrap during the production process, and be able to realize logistical benefits through the use of weekly customs entry procedures. In addition, customs duties could possibly be deferred or reduced on foreign status production equipment.

Comments on this application are due no later than Jan. 27.

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