FTZs are secure areas that are legally considered to be outside the Customs territory of the United States for the purpose of tariff laws and Customs entry procedures.

Free Trade Zones are another term for Foreign Trade Zones. Generally, Foreign Trade Zone is the term used in the United States, while Free Trade Zone is the term used in other developed nations.

Both large and small companies use foreign trade zones, including importers, manufacturers, distributors, assemblers of products, and exporters of imported merchandise and/or products containing imported merchandise.

There are various benefits to using a FTZ, such as duty deferral, duty elimination, inverted tariffs, logistical improvements, and weekly entries. Contact Us to find out what opportunities are best for your company.

If you are already using another Customs tariff-reduction program, such as Duty Drawback, Temporary Importation Bond, or a Bonded Warehouse, you need to consider using a FTZ as a way to streamline operations, cut down on paperwork, increase flexibility, and save additional money.

  • Product assembly
  • Product testing
  • Sampling
  • Package relabeling and repackaging
  • Product manufacturing
  • Product storage
  • Merchandise consolidation
  • Breakdown of shipments into separate deliveries
  • Salvaging
  • Processing
  • Destroying
  • Other Manipulation

Customs handles the day-to-day monitoring of zone activity. Merchandise is admitted into a zone on CBP form 214 and is removed from the zone through CBP entry or transportation under bond procedures. CBP is consulted on every application for zone activity.

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Cargo placed under various holds can be admitted to a FTZ. Tri-Link handles products assigned to, among others, a Merchandise Examination Team review and can also store products awaiting FDA, FCC, and other regulatory approvals.

Importers who store their goods in bonded warehouses must post a bond and their goods may be stored for a maximum of five years. Importers who use FTZs post no bonds and their merchandise may remain in the Zone indefinitely. Manufacturing, processing or altering goods in Customs bonded warehouses are limited. In Foreign-Trade Zones, similar restrictions do not apply.

Using a customs broker can be very beneficial when organizing an international shipment. However, their services are not required when entering imported freight into a FTZ. Only when merchandize is removed from a FTZ and entered into the United States marketplace is a formal customs entry filed. Merchandise that is kept in a FTZ and later exported does not require the services of a customs broker.

In order to enter your shipment into our FTZ, we will need copies of:

  • Bill of Lading
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Packing List
  • Harmonized Tariff Number for each item
  • Arrival Notice

We will arrange for the pick-up of your goods from the port with a drayage company, or you can arrange the transport yourself. If you are using your own drayage company, please give us an ETA at least two hours ahead of the scheduled delivery.

Duty deferral benefits remain in effect when transferring product in bond from one FTZ to another. Tri-Link operates FTZs in California and New York.

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