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Furniture and Upholstery FTZ Facilities Seek Expanded Use of Foreign Fabrics

Monday, May 05, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Foreign-Trade Zones Board has received from the Ports of Indiana, grantee of FTZ 177, a notification of proposed expanded production activity at the Best Chair Inc. d/b/a Best Home Furnishings facilities in Ferdinand, Cannelton and Paoli, Ind. These facilities currently have authority to conduct cut-and-sew activity using certain foreign micro-denier suede upholstery fabrics to produce upholstered furniture (sofas, sectionals, loveseats, chairs and recliners) and related parts (upholstery cover sets), but the current scope of authority only provides FTZ savings on a limited quantity (2.28 million square yards/year) of fabric finished with a hot caustic soda solution process.

The current request would expand the scope of authority to include foreign micro-denier suede upholstery fabrics finished with a hot caustic soda solution process (classified under HTSUS headings 5407, 5512, 5515, 5516, 5801 and 5903), polyurethane fabrics backed with ground leather (HTSUS 5903.20.2500), and wet coagulation process, 100% polyurethane coated fabrics (HTSUS 5903.20.2500). All other foreign upholstery fabrics used in the production activity would continue to be admitted to the zone in domestic (duty-paid) status.

Comments on this request are due no later than June 11.

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