FTZ Actions for Oregon and Virginia Zones
The Foreign-Trade Zones Board has recently taken the following actions.
Expanded Manufacturing Authority Sought for Ink and Printer Cartridge Factory. The FTZ Board is accepting comments through April 14 on an amended application by the Port of Portland, grantee of FTZ 45, requesting authority for Epson Portland Inc. to elect non-privileged foreign status on certain foreign-sourced materials to use internally in producing ink subsequently incorporated into the company’s production of inkjet printer cartridges. These materials include potassium hydroxide; acrylic alcohols (surfactants); 2-ethyl, 2-propane-1,3diol; glycerin; 2,2 oxydiethanol (diethylene glycol, digol); ether-alcohols (penetrants); adipic acid; triethanolamine and its salts (other emulsifiers); amino acids (stabilizers); N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone; 2-pyrriolidone; benzotriazole; direct dyes and preparations based on these direct dyes (yellow, black, cyan, brown, orange, violet, red, green, magenta, other); preparations based on carbon black; paints and varnish based on acrylic or vinyl polymers (solvents); surface active agents; organic solvents/thinners (containing 5%-25% by weight of one or more aromatic or modified aromatic substances); chemical mixtures (biocides, surfactants); and plastics, polymers of styrene (duty rates range from free to 6.5%). The amended application also requests authority for Epson Portland to elect privileged foreign status on dispersions of pigments in plastics used in the proposed activity.
Expansion Request by Virginia FTZ Approved. The FTZ Board has approved a request by the Virginia Port Authority, grantee of FTZ 20, for authority to reorganize and expand this zone under the alternative site framework. The new service area will include Accomack (partial), Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Mathews, Northampton, Southampton, Sussex, Surry and York counties as well as the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg, within and adjacent to the Norfolk-Newport News U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry.