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FTZ Actions at Furniture, Air Compressor and Ink Cartridge Facilities; Texas Zone Seeks Expansion

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Foreign-Trade Zones Board  has approved production activity under zone procedures at the Southern Motion Inc. facilities within subzone 158G in Pontotoc and Baldwyn, Miss., which are used to manufacture and distribute upholstered furniture as well as cut-and-sewn upholstery covering sets. This approval is subject to the following restrictions and conditions: (1) the annual volume of foreign micro-denier suede upholstery fabric finished with a caustic soda solution that may be admitted to the subzone under non-privileged foreign status is limited to 6.0 million square yards, (2) SMI must admit all foreign upholstery fabrics other than microdenier suede upholstery fabrics finished with a caustic soda solution to the subzone under domestic (duty-paid) status, and (3) SMI must submit supplemental annual report data and information for the purpose of monitoring by the FTZ Board staff.

MAT Industries LLC, an operator of FTZ 283, has submitted separate notifications of proposed production activity at its facility in Jackson, Tenn., which is used for the production of air compressors and related tanks, and its facility in Springfield, Minn., which is used for the production of air compressors, air compressor tanks and pressure washers. Comments are due no later than Dec. 8.

Epson Portland Inc. has submitted a notification that proposes a revision to existing production authority for EPI’s facility within subzone 45F in Hillsboro, Ore. EPI already has authority to produce at this facility inkjet ink cartridges from certain non-privileged foreign status ink components as well as bulk ink from certain privileged foreign status components. However, EPI’s notification indicates that the bulk ink it produces for export involves some of the same foreign materials and components as its inkjet cartridge production. EPI is therefore seeking to admit these components to the subzone in NPF status for use in bulk ink production and to subsequently place the finished bulk ink in zone-restricted status prior to export. Comments on this request are due no later than Dec. 8.

The City of San Antonio, grantee of FTZ 80, has submitted a request for authority to reorganize this zone under the alternative site framework. The proposed service area under the ASF would be Bexar County in its entirety as well as portions of Comal and Guadalupe counties in Texas, within and adjacent to the San Antonio U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry. Comments on this request are due no later than Dec. 29.

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