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FTZ Board Considers Alabama Subzone, Expands Production Activity at Various Sites

Friday, August 29, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Foreign-Trade Zones Board has received from the Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority, grantee of FTZ 83, a request for subzone status for the General Electric Company facility in Decatur, Ala. No authorization for production activity has been requested at this time. Comments on this request are due no later than Oct. 8.

The FTZ Board has approved expanded production activity under zone procedures at the Best Chair Inc. d/b/a Best Home Furnishings facilities in Ferdinand, Cannelton and Paoli, Ind. These facilities already have authority to conduct cut-and-sew activity using certain foreign micro-denier suede upholstery fabrics to produce upholstered furniture (sofas, sectionals, loveseats, chairs and recliners) and related parts (upholstery cover sets), and the scope of authority is now being expanded to include foreign micro-denier suede upholstery fabrics finished with a hot caustic soda solution process (classified under HTSUS headings 5407, 5512, 5515, 5516, 5801 and 5903), polyurethane fabrics backed with ground leather (HTSUS 5903.20.2500), and wet coagulation process, 100 percent polyurethane coated fabrics (HTSUS 5903.20.2500). All other foreign upholstery fabrics used in the production activity will continue to be admitted to the zone in domestic (duty-paid) status.

The FTZ Board has also approved expanded production activity under zone procedures at the Samsung Austin Semiconductor LLC facility within subzone 183B in Austin, Texas. Samsung already has authority to produce semiconductor memory devices for export within this subzone, and the Board is now adding foreign status copper sulfate and hexachlorosilane to the scope of authority.

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