As a Tariff Relief Specialist, Tri-Link Helps Companies Navigate and Leverage the Opportunities Available with Foreign Trade Zones

While International trade tariffs are often promoted to aid American businesses, there are many cases where loss of jobs and income have been the result.  As a means of mitigating these tariffs, Foreign Trade Zones are secured areas held under US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) supervision around U.S. ports of entry allowing both foreign and domestic merchandise to be stored, manipulated, combined, temporarily removed, or even manufactured as if it were outside the commerce of the United States, internationally known as free trade zones.

Foreign Trade Zone requirements

Our Services as a Foreign Trade Zone Consultant and Custom House Broker

Our Consulting Services include solving international trade problems, overcoming barriers to trade, educating the international trade community regarding Foreign-Trade Zones and expediting international cargo through the U.S. ports of entry for importation and exportation.

With an international trade consultant and corporate Custom House Broker on your team, Tri-Link is able to provide a unique blend of international trade related services to importers, exporters, manufactures, distributors, public utilities, and local government, focusing on Customs & Border Protection issues and the use of Foreign-Trade Zones.


Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Services:

  • Zone Operator
  • Zone Project Applications
  • Minor Boundary Modifications
  • Minor Boundary Modification / Zone Expansions
  • Manufacturing Permits
  • Subzones
  • FTZ Management
  • Activation
  • Alterations
  • Feasibility Analysis
  • Procedures Manual
  • Zone Schedules / Tariffs

30 years of experience, knowledge and the pursuit of free trade

For 30 years Tri-Link has been a driver in the growth and expansion of the Foreign Trade Zone industry.  Our experience also includes all aspects of warehousing and transportation such as air, ocean, rail and truck carriers. We have been involved in a number of advocacy groups whose mission is to educate and disseminate FTZ information, the marketing of FTZs through workshops and serve the local FTZ industry and trade community as a united voice dealing with federal agencies such as the U.S. Customs & Border Protection and the Foreign Trade Zone Board.

About Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) Consultants

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, a foreign-trade zone is a restricted access site, in or adjacent to a Customs port of entry, operated pursuant to public utility principles under the sponsorship of a corporation granted authority by the Board and under supervision of the Customs Service [15 CFR 400.2 (e)]. The purpose of the Foreign-Trade Zone Act of 1934, as part of the "New Deal" by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was to create and retain jobs, stimulate the economy and promote international trade. Currently, the total value of merchandise shipped through FTZs is more than $240 billion annually.

About US Customs Brokerage

Customs brokering or customs brokerage involves "clearing" goods through customs barriers for importers and exporters. This involves the preparation of documents and/or electronic submissions, the calculation and payment of taxes, duties and excises, and facilitating communication between government authorities, importers and exporters. Customs brokers may be employed by or affiliated with freight forwarders, independent businesses, shipping lines, importers, exporters, trade authorities, or customs brokerage firms.

Customs brokers in the United States prepare and submit documentation to notify or obtain clearance from government agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Fish and Wildlife Service. They also arrange the local delivery of merchandise via trucking companies. Many customs brokers specialize in certain goods like apparel or perishables. Customs brokers can be located at inland ports, but most are located at major airports and harbors with international traffic, such as Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Our US Customs Brokerage Services:

  • Customs Brokerage / Customs Brokers
  • Bonded Warehouses
  • Bonded Carriers
  • Container Freight Stations
  • Centralized Examination Stations
  • NAFTA

Global International Trade Consultants

In today's global marketplace, a company that buys or sells their products abroad must evaluate many more options than in the past and process greater amounts of information in order to make good business decisions. Cultural barriers and complex compliance regulations make global trade even more of a challenge.

Our global international trade consulting services develop a comprehensive understanding of the issues impacting your business. The result is often a competitive trade advantage for our customers due to the ability to quickly adapt to new requirements imposed by governmental authorities.

Global International Trade Consulting Services:

  • Import / Export Assistance
  • Market Research
  • Auditing