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.