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FTZ Board Considers Zone Procedures at Two Facilities, Expanded Alabama Zone

Friday, May 08, 2015
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Bearing Product Kits. The Foreign-Trade Zones Board has received from the Industrial Development Board of Blount County and the Cities of Alcoa and Maryville, Tenn., grantee of FTZ 148, a notification of proposed production activity at the CoLinx LLC facilities in Crossville, Tenn., which are used for the distribution and assembly of kits of bearing products. FTZ activity would be limited to the specific foreign-status materials and components and specific finished products described in the notification and subsequently authorized by the FTZ Board. Comments on this notification are due no later than June 24.

Steel Mill Products. The FTZ Board has received from the City of Mobile, grantee of FTZ 82, a notification of proposed production activity at the Outokumpu Stainless USA LLC facility in Calvert, Ala., which is used for the production of stainless steel mill products. FTZ activity would be limited to the specific foreign-status materials/components and specific finished products described in the notification and subsequently authorized by the FTZ Board.

The materials/components sourced from abroad include certain ferrosilicon, molybdenum and titanium. The request indicates that ferrosilicon may be subject to an antidumping or countervailing duty order, which would require it to be admitted to the zone in privileged foreign status. The request also indicates that all foreign status ferrosilicon, molybdenum and titanium classified under HTSUS subheadings 7202.21, 8102.94, 8108.20 and 8108.90 would be admitted to the subzone in privileged foreign status, thereby precluding inverted tariff benefits on such items.

Comments on this notification are due no later than June 24.

Alabama Zone. The FTZ Board has received an application from the City of Mobile, grantee of FTZ 82, requesting authority to reorganize and expand this zone under the alternative site framework. The proposed service area of the expanded zone is Mobile, Baldwin, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Monroe, Washington and Wilcox counties in Alabama, within and adjacent to the Mobile U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry. Comments on this application are due no later than July 7.

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