foreign trade zones

Becca Schimmel | Ohio Valley ReSource

Donald Trump campaigned with tough talk on trade. How will his trade policies as president affect the Ohio Valley’s economy? Becca Schimmel of the Ohio Valley ReSource spoke with business leaders and economists on both sides of the trade debate and found them skeptical about Trump’s ability to make big changes.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority is now an active Foreign Trade Zone. The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol approved the authority late last year and activated the site last week as Trade Zone 294.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce Foreign-Trade Zone Board has approved the Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority to establish a foreign-trade zone. The riverport authority has been working for approval since 2011.

The Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority is sending its Foreign Trade Zone application next week for final review in a move that could bring more industry and jobs to the region.

The designation would allow imports or exports to stay within that zone duty free.

The federal government has approved 10 industrial parks in West Tennessee for designation as foreign trade zones. The U.S. Foreign Trade Zone Board issued the decision for the Port of Cates Landing in Lake County and other industrial parks in Dyer, Obion, Gibson and other west Tennessee counties.