LEEVAC can apply to receive foreign goods duty-free

By By Lance Traweek / American Press

LEEVAC Shipyards, LLC has received the go-ahead by the Port of Lake Charles to apply to receive foreign goods duty-free.

The port’s Board of Commissioners on Monday approved items related to foreign trade zones, which included allowing the executive

director to sign the application letter for the creation of a subzone for the company.

LEEVAC designs, fabricates and repairs vessels in the maritime industry, according to its website.

Dan Gaiennie, vice president of business development and engineering at LEEVAC, said the new measure will make LEEVAC more

competitive when bidding for projects.

He said most duties are about 2 percent of the value of the goods.

“We’re trying to keep the work flow going,” he said.

The company employs more than 500 people at its three facilities in Lake Charles, Jennings and Houma.

According to federal regulations, the

port is able to facilitate subzones 60 miles outside of its district for

economic development.

The Foreign Trade Zone board was created by the federal government in the 1980s, and the Port of Lake Charles was one of the

early participants in the program.

“It’s a way for the federal government to encourage manufacturing jobs here in the United States,” said Mike Dees, legal counsel

at the Port of Lake Charles.

The Jeff Davis Police Jury will also have to consent.

LEEVAC will be the fourth participant in the foreign trade program at the port, joining Citgo, Phillips 66 and Haliburton.