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FTZ Board Actions on Va. Zone, Fragrance Facility, Carbon Fiber Plant

Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Foreign-Trade Zones Board has received from the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance Inc., grantee of FTZ 238 in Dublin, Va., a request for authority to reorganize this zone under the alternative site framework. The proposed service area under the ASF would include Alleghany, Amherst, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Campbell, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Pulaski, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Smyth, Tazewell and Wythe counties and the cities of Bedford, Buena Vista, Covington, Danville, Galax, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Radford, Roanoke and Salem, Va. The proposed service area is within/adjacent to the New River Valley Airport U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry. Comments on this request are due no later than May 5.

The FTZ Board has received from Mitsubishi Rayon Carbon Fiber and Composites Inc. (formerly Grafil Inc.), operator of subzone 143D, new evidence concerning its August 2012 request to extend production authority at its facilities in Sacramento, Calif. MRCFC’s subzone and production authority are currently approved until May 7, 2014, and the company is seeking to extend indefinitely FTZ authority to produce carbon fiber from foreign-status polyacrylonitrile precursor. MRCFC has submitted new evidence in response to the examiner’s preliminary recommendation for export-only authority, and the FTZ Board is inviting public comment on this evidence through April 4.

The FTZ Board has authorized additional production activity under zone procedures at the Cosmetic Essence Innovations LLC facility within FTZ 235 in Holmdel, N.J. CEI already had authority to bottle fragrances at this facility and has now been authorized to add foreign status components (metal collars, plastic collars and metal caps or lids) to the scope of authority.

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