Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Update to Upholstery Sampling FTZ Application

On March 25, 2015, the Foreign Trade Zone Board published in the Federal Register (80 FR 15755) Subzone 38G—Anderson, South Carolina; Application for Production Authority Kravet Inc.; Comment Period on Submission of New Evidence.

Kravet originally filed for Foreign Trade Zone ("FTZ") procedures for production of upholstery fabric samples in 2007. FTZ procedures would exempt Kravet from customs duty payments on the foreign components used in export production. On its domestic shipments, Kravet would be able to choose the duty rates during customs entry procedures that apply to samples (duty-free) for the textile samples produced at the facility. In 2008 the FTZ Board approved Kravet's FTZ request as relating to exports; as relating to domestic shipments the benefit was restricted to a duty deferral but not duty-free entry. Again in 2014 Kravet filed for full FTZ authorization and was opposed by the domestic textile industry. On March 13, 2015, Kravet made a submission to the FTZ Board that included new evidence in response to the examiner's preliminary recommendation not to approve the application. Public comment is invited on Kravet's new evidence through April 24, 2015. Rebuttal comments may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period, until May 11, 2015.

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