Maximize your importing and exporting operations.
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
FTZ No. 85 Everett
Grantee: Port of Everett
P.O. Box 538, Everett, WA 98206
Phone: (800) 729-7678 or (425) 259-3164
FTZ No. 86 Tacoma
Grantee: Port of Tacoma
One Sitcom Plaza, Tacoma, WA 98421
Phone: (253) 593-4550
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. 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