Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Best Chair Seeks Expansion of FTZ Authority for Upholstery Fabrics, Cites Benefit to U.S. Fabric Makers

Best Chair has submitted a request that would allow them to import duty-free certain foreign micro-denier suede upholstery fabrics finished with hot caustic soda and certain polyurethane upholstery fabrics. In its filing Best Chair states:

While upholstered furniture coverings of micro-denier suede fabrics have continued to maintain their popularity within the retail consumer base of Best Chair’s customers, the company’s ability to maintain an economically viable in-house cut-and-sew operation has enabled it to serve as a valuable customer for several domestic upholstery fabric mills. These mills are operated by vendors such as Culp, Dicey, STI, Sunbury, Valdese, and Abercrombie. Consumption of domestically produced fabrics has increased by 21.3% since the beginning of the second quarter when zone activity began to increase. In terms of serving the public interest, the continuation of FTZ production authority on behalf of Best Chair is readily evident.

Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions shall be addressed to the FTZ Board's Executive Secretary. The closing period for their receipt is June 16, 2014.

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