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FTZ Board Approves New Zone, Considers Requests from Automobile, Textile Facilities

Friday, June 19, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

New Colorado FTZ. The Foreign-Trade Zones Board has granted to the Town of Limon, Co., authority to establish FTZ 293 under the alternative site framework, with a service area of Adams and Arapahoe counties and portions of Elbert, Lincoln and Morgan counties, within and adjacent to the Denver U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry.

Expanded Authority Sought for Auto Plant. The FTZ Board has received from BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC, operator of subzone 38A, a notification of proposed production activity for its Spartanburg, S.C., facility. BMWMC already has authority to produce passenger sedans, coupes and sport utility vehicles at this facility, and the current request would add a new finished product (passenger vehicle bodies) and foreign-status materials and components to the scope of authority. Inputs included in certain textile categories (classified within HTSUS subheadings 5602.10 and 5602.90) would be admitted to the subzone under privileged foreign status, thereby precluding inverted tariff benefits on such items. Comments on this notification are due no later than July 29.

FTZ Production Authority Sought for Textile Facility. The FTZ Board has received from the Massachusetts Port Authority, grantee of FTZ 27, a notification of proposed production activity at the Claremont Flock facility in Leominster, Mass., which is used for the production of acrylic and rayon textile flock. Comments on this notification are due no later than July 29. A separate application for subzone designation at this facility has been submitted.

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