Background

The Foreign-Trade Zones Board has received from Kaiser Aluminum Fabricated Products LLC a notification of proposed production activity for its facility within FTZ 207 in Richmond, Va., which is used for the production of aluminum extrusions for the automotive industry. Comments are due no later than Oct. 17. A separate application for subzone designation at this facility is also planned.

Production under FTZ procedures could exempt Kaiser from customs duty payments on the foreign-status components used in export production. On its domestic sales, Kaiser would be able to choose for the specified foreign-status materials and components the duty rates that apply to hollow profile tubes of aluminum alloys, bars and rods of aluminum alloys, rounded bars and rods of aluminum alloys, non-rounded bars and rods of aluminum alloys, and tube pipe of aluminum alloys (1.5 percent to 5.7 percent). Kaiser would also be able to avoid duty on foreign-status components that become scrap or waste and could defer or reduce duties on foreign-status production equipment.

The request indicates that the materials and components at issue are subject to the additional Section 232 import tariffs depending on their country of origin. The applicable Section 232 decision requires subject goods to be admitted to FTZs in privileged foreign status.

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