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Foreign Trade Zones

State Resources: Foreign Trade Zones

Foreign Trade Zones, or FTZs, are a tool that companies use to increase global competitiveness. Through federal designation of areas considered outside the customs territory of the U.S., FTZs provide users and operators with a range of potential tariff and other bene ts. The FTZ program has proven to be successful, consistently retaining capital and jobs in the U.S. and leveling the playing eld for companies making investment and production decisions.

The Port of Portland is the Grantee for Foreign Trade Zone 45. As Grantee, the Port is responsible for the organization, development and marketing of FTZ 45 and manages it as a public benefit as part of the Port’s mission to promote regional economic growth through the traded sector.

Benefits of a FTZ

Duty Reduction/Elimination

In many cases, duties are higher for parts than for nal goods. Therefore, in a FTZ, a company can import parts, assemble products and only pay duty on the nal goods. In addition to this tariff reduction, duty is not paid on goods that are exported from a FTZ.

Duty Deferral

Customs duty can be deferred until items leave a FTZ, providing a
time value of money benefit on tariffs for items that are held within a
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Weekly Entry Savings

Daily or per-container entries may be consolidated into weekly entries, reducing the payment of customs processing fees.

Other Benefits

564 jobs in active FTZ sites Four active operators

Depending on location and use, a FTZ may also provide users with logistical benefit, such as the transfer of goods between FTZ sites duty-free and implementation of best practices for supply chain security. 

Contact Tom Nelson at  541-766-6339 or Tom.Nelson@CorvallisOregon.gov  if you think FTZ would be a benefit to your business.

Foreign Trade Zone 45 Service Area.


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