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Commissioners OK application for foreign trade zone

April 19, 2001

Commissioners OK application for foreign trade zone



The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution to support an application for a foreign trade zone.

The Hagerstown City Council is expected to vote on the matter Tuesday.

The application for a foreign trade zone would be submitted to the U.S. Department of Commerce in May.

Joseph Trocino, a consultant working on the project, has said foreign trade zones are areas, sometimes noncontiguous, in which companies don't have to pay tariffs when importing products.

Trocino has predicted Washington County's zone would encompass about 2,000 acres, including land in Hancock, the former Fort Ritchie property and at and near Hagerstown Regional Airport.

Trocino is being paid by PenMar Development Corp., which is working to develop the former Fort Ritchie Army base for business use.

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- Scott Butki

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