During meetings with Grantees from around the country, US Foreign-Trade Zones Board Executive Secretary Andrew McGilvray noted that the Board had not received any direct feedback on its action to add a waiver to the beginning of each US FTZ's Zone Schedule prior to posting the Zone Schedule on the Board's website. Mr. McGilvray met earlier this month in Tampa, Florida directly with the Grantee community and separately with attendees at the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zone's Spring Seminar.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport seized counterfeit Gucci, Burberry, Lacoste, Versace, Armani, Ferrari, Coco Chanel, Tory Burch and Michael Kors merchandise, May 13, valued at more than $48,000. CBP officers obtained digital images of the merchandise and forwarded them to the trademark owner to determine their authenticity. After verifying that the merchandise was counterfeit, CBP seized every item for infringement of intellectual property rights. On a typical day, CBP officers around the country seize more than $3.4 million worth of products because of IPR violations. Since 2007, CBP identified IPR enforcement as a priority trade mission.
Earlier this month the Department of Energy issued final authorizations to enable the export of Liquid Natural Gas from terminals in Calvert County, Maryland, and Corpus Christi, Texas to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement with the U.S. Federal law generally requires approval of natural gas exports to countries that have an FTA with the United States. For countries that do not have an FTA with the United States, the Department of Energy grants export authorizations unless the Department finds that the proposal “will not be consistent with the public interest.”
An Illinois man was sentenced on May 14th to 24 months in federal prison for violating U.S. export laws by attempting to ship a thermal imaging camera to a company in Pakistan without obtaining a license from the U.S. Commerce Department. The defendant knew that the export of goods, particularly the export of goods designated as “dual use” items, was controlled in some instances by the Department of State and the Department of Commerce and was aware that certain items required a license issued from either the Department of State or the Department of Commerce in order to be exported from the United States.
CNH Industrial America, LLC received authorization of production activity for wheel drive axle subassemblies within Subzone 3141I in Racine, WI (more)
Swarovski Lighting, Ltd. submitted a notification of proposed production activity in FTZ 54 for producing lighting fixtures and parts (more)
The Findlay Hancock County OH Chamber of Commerce applied to expand the service area of FTZ 151 under the Alternative Site Framework (more)
Mizuno USA Inc. received authorization of production activity for golf clubs within Site 31 of FTZ 26 in Braselton, Georgia.(more)
Global Solar Energy, Inc. received authorization of production activity for thin film photovoltaic solar products within FTZ 174 in Tucson, AZ.(more)
FTZ 175’s application to reorganize under the Alternative Site Framework was approved in accordance with the application (more)
MHI Compressor International Corporation received authorization of production activity for gas compressors, compressor sets, electrical generators, and generator sets within FTZ 84 in Pearland, TX.(more)
Spectro Coating Corporation was approved to establish Subzone 27N Leominster, MA in accordance with the application (more)
FTZ 49’s application to expand and reorganize under the Alternative Site Framework was approved in accordance with the application (more)
Robertet Inc. submitted a notification of proposed production activity in FTZ 44 for producing fragrance compounds (more)
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc. submitted a notification of proposed production activity in FTZ 83 for producing motor vehicle engines and transmissions in Huntsville Alabama (more)
CoLinx, LLC submitted a notification of proposed production activity in FTZ 148 for producing bearing units in Crossville, Tennessee (more)
Outokumpu Stainless USA, LLC submitted a notification of proposed production activity in FTZ 82 for stainless steel mill products in Calvert, Alabama (more)
The City of Mobile, Alabama applied to reorganize and expand FTZ 82 under the Alternative Site Framework (more)
Valeo North America, Inc. submitted a notification of proposed production activity in FTZ 39 for producing electromagnetic compressor/clutch assemblies in Dallas, Texas (more)
Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC submitted a notification of proposed production activity in FTZ 154 for producing pesticides and herbicides in St. Gabriel and Baton Rouge, Louisiana (more)
Neolpharma, Inc. submitted a notification of proposed production activity in FTZ 7 for producing pharmaceutical products in Caguas, Puerto Rico (more)
Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC applied for subzone status for its production facilities in St. Gabriel and Baton Rouge, Louisiana in FTZ 154 (more)
M & G Resins, LLC submitted a notification of proposed production activity in FTZ 122 for producing polyethylene terephthalate and terephthalic acid in Corpus Christi, Texas (more)
Medline Industries, Inc. applied to expand Subzone 231A by adding two sites in Stockton and Tracy, California (more)