[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 30 (Tuesday, February 13, 2018)]
[Page 6161]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-02909]



Foreign-Trade Zones Board


Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 23--Buffalo, New York; Notification of 
Proposed Production Activity; Panasonic Eco Solutions Solar New York 
America Subzone 23E (Solar Panels/Modules); Buffalo, New York

    Panasonic Eco Solutions Solar New York America (PESSNY) submitted a 
notification of proposed production activity to the FTZ Board for its 
facility in Buffalo, New York. The notification conforming to the 
requirements of the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR 400.22) was 
received on February 5, 2018.
    The PESSNY facility is located within Subzone 23E. The facility is 
used for the production of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) 
solar panels/modules. Pursuant to 15 CFR 400.14(b), FTZ activity would 
be limited to the specific foreign-status materials and components and 
specific finished products described in the submitted notification (as 
described below) and subsequently authorized by the FTZ Board.
    Production under FTZ procedures could exempt PESSNY from customs 
duty payments on the foreign-status components used in export 
production. On its domestic sales, for the foreign-status materials/
components noted below, PESSNY would be able to choose the duty rates 
during customs entry procedures that apply to CSPV solar panels/modules 
(duty free). PESSNY would be able to avoid duty on foreign-status 
components which become scrap/waste. Customs duties also could possibly 
be deferred or reduced on foreign-status production equipment.
    The components and materials sourced from abroad include: Silicone 
sealant/cement; ethylene vinyl acetate film/resin sheets; polyolefin 
base plastic film/resin sheets; plastic polymer rolls of film; 
polypropylene corner protectors; low iron glass; copper connection 
tabs; nickel standard conductive film; tin/silver/copper alloy 
soldering wire; plastic junction boxes; silver-plated copper ribbon; 
resin-laminated, silver-plated copper ribbon/tabs; polyester tape; 
silver paste; and silicon wafers. (duty rates range from duty free to 
    Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions 
shall be addressed to the Board's Executive Secretary at the address 
below. The closing period for their receipt is March 26, 2018.
    A copy of the notification will be available for public inspection 
at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
Room 21013, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, 
Washington, DC 20230-0002, and in the ``Reading Room'' section of the 
Board's website, which is accessible via www.trade.gov/ftz.
    For further information, contact Diane Finver at 
Diane.Finver@trade.gov or (202) 482-1367.

    Dated: February 8, 2018.
Andrew McGilvray,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2018-02909 Filed 2-12-18; 8:45 am]