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FTZ Board Considers Expanded Authority at Spacecraft Facility, Approves Alaska Zone Reorganization

Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Foreign-Trade Zones Board has received from Orbital Sciences Corporation, an operator of FTZ 75, a notification of proposed production activity for its facility in Gilbert, Ariz. OSC already has authority to produce satellites and space craft launch vehicles within site 10 of FTZ 75, and the current request would add a foreign component (aluminum cable tie mounts) to the scope of authority. Public comments on this proposal are due no later than Oct. 20.

The FTZ Board has approved a request from the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska, grantee of FTZ 160, to reorganize this zone under the alternative site framework. The service area of this zone is now the municipality of Anchorage, within and adjacent to the Anchorage U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry. In addition, the zone’s existing sites 1 through 7 will be categorized as magnet sites.

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