Lobby for Maine intermodal FTZ

Lobby for Maine intermodal FTZ

Businesses are supporting a proposal to create a foreign trade zone around a Maine intermodal rail terminal.

The FTZ, if approved by the U.S. Department of Commerce, would enable manufacturers that import raw materials or export finished goods to save hundreds of thousands of dollars in duties and processing fees at the rail facility in Auburn.

Representatives of Tambrands, Formed Fibre Technologies, Safe Handling and L.L. Bean told a public comment session Tuesday that the FTZ would help reduce extra transportation costs to the remote region.

The St. Lawrence & Atlantic rail system operates the ramp, which serves customers in central and western Maine.

The Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council submitted the application, which calls for the FTZ to occupy about 750 acres around the intermodal facility and nearby airport.