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Expanded FTZ in Florida, Production Authority at Arizona Solar Cell Facility Sought

Monday, January 26, 2015
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Florida Zone. The Foreign-Trade Zones Board has received from the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, grantee of FTZ 42, a request for authority to reorganize this zone under the alternative site framework. The proposed service area of this zone would be Orange County, Fla., within and adjacent to the Orlando U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry. The application would have no impact on FTZ 42’s previously authorized subzone. Comments on this request are due no later than March 27.

Arizona Solar Cell Facility. The FTZ Board has received from Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities Inc., grantee of FTZ 174, a notification of proposed production activity at the Global Solar Energy Inc. facility in Tucson, Ariz. This facility is used for the production of thin film photovoltaic solar cells, strings, panels and photovoltaic-coated stainless steel rolls based on copper-indium-gallium-diselenide technology. A separate application for subzone designation at this facility is planned.

FTZ activity would be limited to the specific foreign-status materials and components and specific finished products described in the submitted notification and subsequently authorized by the FTZ Board. In addition, the request indicates that stainless steel substrates are subject to an antidumping and countervailing duty order and would therefore have to be admitted to the proposed subzone in privileged foreign status.

Comments on this notification are due no later than March 9.

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