A Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) can be a very beneficial tool for a company involved in foreign trade. It is a designated area in which foreign and domestic merchandise is generally considered by the U.S. government as being outside U.S. Customs territory. Merchandise may be brought into an FTZ without a formal customs entry, import quotas and most other import restrictions. Duties and excise taxes are not assessed until the merchandise enters U.S. commerce.
Port Houston manages Foreign Trade Zone #84, which includes many privately owned and port-owned sites located throughout Houston and Harris County, Texas. The primary benefits come in the form of import duty and tariff savings. For example, customs duties on imported goods entering the zone can be delayed until the cargo is moved out. No duty is paid if the merchandise is exported directly from the zone. For more detailed information of the FTZ program and how your business can achieve cost savings, refer to the brochure below.