|What is a Foreign-Trade Zone?
A foreign-trade zone is a designated location in the United States where companies can use special
procedures that help encourage U.S. activity and value added - in competition with foreign
alternatives - by allowing delayed or reduced duty payments on foreign merchandise, as well as other
A site which has been granted zone status may not be used for zone
activity until the site has been separately approved for FTZ activation by local U.S. Customs
and Border Protection (CBP) officials, and the zone activity remains under the supervision
of CBP. FTZ sites and facilities remain within the jurisdiction of local, state or federal
governments or agencies.