By CLYDE FORD
Staff Writer, Charles Town
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commissioners are making a pitch with the state Economic Development Commission to have a federal foreign trade zone established in the Eastern Panhandle.
A foreign trade zone is an area where importers and exporters can store their goods without paying taxes on them until they are actually sold, said County Commissioner James Ruland.
Several areas in the state are competing to have the federal foreign trade zone in their area.
County Commissioner President James Knode said a foreign trade zone would not be needed if the entire country was considered a foreign trade zone.