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Dallas logistics park to be part of Foreign Trade Zone


The Dallas Logistics Hub will be part of a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) expansion in Dallas that could become one of the largest FTZs in the nation.

The Allen Group, developer of the 6,000 acre multi-modal logistics park, learned in late February about the hub's FTZ designation, which will enable customers to defer and exempt freight from federal customs duties. A specified site designated by the Foreign Trade Zone Board, a FTZ allows goods to be processed, repackaged and handled within the zone prior to entering the U.S. consumer market. Freight exported to other countries is exempt from duties.

The logistics park is adjacent to a Union Pacific Railroad intermodal terminal, a proposed BNSF Railway Co. intermodal facility, four interstate connections and a proposed airport. The hub will receive freight from ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., Houston and western Mexico, and distribute the goods regionally and nationally.

"The expansion of the [FTZ] will provide tenants ... cost saving advantages with regards to merchandise processing fees and deferred duty payments," said Daniel McAuliffe, president of The Allen Group's Texas operations, in a prepared statement.

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