Foreign Trade Zones are designated locations in the United States where businesses can enjoy reduced duty and customs-related costs by allowing delayed or reduced duty payments on foreign merchandise, as well as other cost savings.
Businesses operating in a Foreign Trade Zone enjoy no duties on re-exports; customs duties and federal excise tax deferred on imports; in situations where zone manufacturing results in a finished product that has a lower duty rate than the rates on foreign inputs (inverted tariff), the finished products may be entered at the duty rate that applies to its condition as it leaves the zone -- subject to FTZ Board approval; and other potential benefits unrelated to customs duties (such as weekly entry, direct delivery, and avoidance of state/local inventory taxes).
Foreign-trade zones (FTZs) are designated locations in the United States where companies can enjoy reduced duty and customs-related costs by allowing delayed or reduced duty payments on foreign merchandise, as well as other savings. These reduced costs encourage U.S competitiveness with foreign alternatives, helping to retain and create activity, jobs, and investment. Interested public or public-type corporations can learn more and prepare requests to the FTZ board by visiting http://enforcement.trade.gov/ftzpage/index.html
Eligibility: All U.S. businesses.
Learn More: http://ia.ita.doc.gov/ftzpage/