Brazoria County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted unanimously to issue a letter of support for the Port Freeport’s proposal to expand its foreign trade zone.
Foreign Trade Zone No. 149 was established in 1988, and currently consists of 3,590 acres in Brazoria County and 976 acres in Fort Bend County.
“As a partner in the economic vitality of Brazoria County, Port Freeport would like to expand our partnership by offering foreign trade zone services to additional companies located in Brazoria County,” Port Freeport Managing Director Phyllis Saathoff said.
The trade zone is applying to adopt an alternative site framework, which Saathoff said would “make it much simpler and less expensive for existing and prospective companies to benefit from the foreign trade zone program”.
Foreign trade zones allow areas to be established where imported items are exempt from customs duty payments until such items leave the zone for sale in the United States. Items exported from a foreign trade zone to another country for sale are exempt. The provision is useful for companies that import components for the finishing of products for export.
The commissioners court voted to reappoint Maria Castillo Sneed to the Children’s Protective Services Board.
The commissioners court voted to cancel the award of a contract to Ennis Traffic Safety Solutions for road safety traffic paint and beads. Ennis Traffic Safety Solutions declined to renew the contract due to the low volumes of purchases from the county in 2011.
The commissioners court voted to name Larry Stanley, Jeff Bilyeu and Charles Crook to the consultant selection committee for the Airport Wildlife Hazard Assessment.
All items were approved. All votes were unanimous with all members present. Agenda