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Eleven FTZs to simplify importing and exporting.

If your company imports components for distribution or manufactures finished products that are exported, Washington's Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ) can offer you a tremendous competitive advantage. Businesses with operations in a FTZ can receive foreign merchandise for storage, assembly, manufacturing and processing without being subject to formal Customs entry procedures, duties and federal excise taxes. These fees are not due until the merchandise is transferred from the FTZ and is ready for consumption by U.S. customers. If the goods are exported, then no duties or taxes are paid on those items.


For the purposes of Customs, FTZs are considered to be outside the U.S. Customs Territory. Since they haven't formally entered the United States, components and merchandise can be shipped in and out of the FTZ exempt from duty payments. Goods can remain in the FTZ for an indefinite amount of time and a business can conduct any number of activities, including assembly, packaging, storing, cleaning, re-packing, distributing, sorting, grading, repairing, testing or recycling.


FTZs can greatly reduce the cost of doing business and simplify processing and entry fees as well as the paperwork required. It also allows companies to retain more capital, improving cash flow as goods are moved in and out of the United States.


FTZ No. 5 Seattle


Grantee: Port of Seattle Commission, P.O. Box 1209, Seattle, WA 98111, Phone: (206) 787-7913, Email: Balaski.s@portseattle.org


FTZ No. 85 Everett


Grantee: Port of Everett, P.O. Box 538, Everett, WA 98206, Phone: (800) 729-7678 or (425) 259-3164, Email: mimid@portofeverett.com


FTZ No. 86 Tacoma


Grantee: Port of Tacoma, One Sitcom Plaza, Tacoma, WA 98421, Phone: (253) 593-4550, Email: joldenburg@portoftacoma.com


FTZ No. 120 Cowlitz County


Grantee: Cowlitz Economic Development Council, 1452 Hudson Street, P.O. Box 1278, U.S. Bank Building, Suite 208, Longview, WA 98632, Phone: (360) 423-9921


FTZ No. 128 Whatcom County


Grantee: Lummi Indian Business Council, 2616 Kwina, Bellingham, WA 98226, Phone: (360) 384-1489


FTZ No. 129 Bellingham


Grantee: Port of Bellingham, P.O. Box 1677, Bellingham, WA 98227-1677, Phone: (360) 676-2500, Email: dodds@portofbellingham.com, Web: www.portofbellingham.com


FTZ No. 203 Moses Lake


Grantee: Moses Lake Public Corporation, Port of Moses Lake, Grant County Airport, 7810 Andrews St. NE, Suite 200, Moses Lake, WA 98837-3204, Phone: (509) 762-5363


FTZ No. 212 Tacoma


Grantee: Puyallup Tribal Foreign-Trade Zone Corp., 1850 Alexander Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98421, Phone: (253) 203-0050


FTZ No. 173 Grays Harbor


Grantee: Port of Grays Harbor, P.O. Box 660, Aberdeen, WA 98520-0141. Phone: (360) 533-9515


FTZ No. 216 Olympia


Grantee: Port of Olympia, 915 Washington Street NE, Olympia, WA 98501, Phone: (360) 528-8005, Email: Jennief@portolympia.com Web: www.ftz216.com


FTZ No. 224 Spokane


Grantee: Spokane Airport Board, 9000 W. Airport Dr. #204, Spokane, WA 99224-9438, Phone: (509) 455-6419, Email: todd.woodard@spokaneairports.net, Web: www.spokaneairports.net


If you need information about Foreign Trade Zones in Washington State and how they can position your business for success, contact one of our Business Development experts at (206) 256-6100.


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