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Sens. Cruz, Cornyn and Rep. Gohmert Pen Letter in Support of City of Lufkin’s Request for a Foreign Trade Zone

‘A FTZ designation would prove useful to lower a variety of customs, fees, taxes, and duties along with operational costs of many industries engaging in international trade’

October 10, 2018



WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) this week penned a letter in support of the City of Lufkin’s request for a foreign trade zone (FTZ) to Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board.

“Texans benefit enormously from international trade,” Sen. Cruz said. “The City of Lufkin has tremendous resources and an equipped workforce. Establishing a Foreign Trade Zone will incentivize further investment in the city, and create more good paying jobs and opportunity for Texans. I am hopeful the FTZ Board will work swiftly to meet the city’s request.”

“Opening up East Texas industry to global markets means more jobs and more opportunity for Lufkin and the surrounding area,” said Sen. Cornyn.  “I’m proud to join my colleagues Senator Cruz and Congressman Gohmert in supporting the City of Lufkin’s application for a Foreign Trade Zone.”

“With over 145,000 workforce participants, I am happy to support the City of Lufkin’s request to establish a foreign-trade zone (FTZ),” Rep. Gohmert said. “Located near major interstates, airports and rail transportation, this thriving city in east Texas is prepared and equipped to increase international trade development. 

“Not only will this designation create more job opportunities for the residents of Lufkin, Texas it will aid in retaining the jobs already filled and additionally, attract new companies to the region which will generate even more economic success and expansion.” 

Read the full letter here.  



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