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Reorganization/Expansion of Foreign-Trade Zone 127 Under Alternative Site Framework, Columbia, SC Area

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Pursuant to its authority under the Foreign-Trade Zones Act of June 18, 1934, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) adopts the following Order:

Whereas, the Board adopted the alternative site framework (ASF) (74 FR 1170-1173, 01/12/2009; correction 74 FR 3987, 01/22/2009; 75 FR 71069-71070, 11/22/2010) as an option for the establishment or reorganization of general-purpose zones;

Whereas, the Richland-Lexington Airport District, grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 127, submitted an application to the Board (FTZ Docket 57-2011, filed 09/23/11) for authority to reorganize and expand under the ASF with a service area of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Clarendon, Edgefield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Richland, Saluda and Sumter Counties, South Carolina, within and adjacent to the Columbia Customs and Border Protection port of entry, FTZ 127's existing Site 1 would be categorized as a magnet site, and Site 2 would be categorized as a usage-driven site;

Whereas, notice inviting public comment was given in the Federal Register (76 FR 61075-61076, 10/03/11) and the application has been processed pursuant to the FTZ Act and the Board's regulations; and,

Whereas, the Board adopts the findings and recommendations of the examiner's report, and finds that the requirements of the FTZ Act and the Board's regulations are satisfied, and that the proposal is in the public interest;

Now, Therefore, the Board hereby orders:

The application to reorganize and expand FTZ 127 under the alternative site framework is approved, subject to the FTZ Act and the Board's regulations, including Section 400.28, to the Board's standard 2,000-acre activation limit for the overall general-purpose zone project, and to a three-year ASF sunset provision for usage-driven sites that would terminate authority for Site 2 if no foreign-status merchandise is admitted for a bona fide customs purpose by April 30, 2015.

Signed at Washington, DC, this 16th day of April 2012.

Paul Piquado,

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration, Alternate Chairman, Foreign-Trade Zones Board.


Andrew McGilvray,

Executive Secretary.

[FR Doc. 2012-9745 Filed 4-20-12; 8:45 am]