The Foreign-Trade Zine is the eMagazine of the Foreign-Trade Zone community. Each month, we cover local, national, and international news that affects FTZ operators, users, and Grantees. We also catalog Federal Register notices published by the Department of Commerce so you can keep abreast of the activity in the program across the country. Ready to get started? Send an email with the subject line “Subscribe” to

October 1, 2018

October 2018

While Justice Was In The Balance, Huge Trade Moves In September, the nation was gripped by the succession plans for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement. At the same time, there was a lot of important trade news of interest to the FTZ community in the month. First and foremost, the negotiating deadline which expired just last night brought us […]
September 4, 2018

September 2018

Washington Says Goodbye to John McCain This past weekend the nation and its capital said goodbye to John McCain, whom colleagues described as “the last lion of the Senate.” After lying in state at the U.S. Capitol, the Vietnam veteran and longtime Arizona senator was honored with a memorial service at Washington National Cathedral.  John Sidney McCain III was praised […]
August 1, 2018

August 2018

A Tale of Two Experiences: New Tariffs Have Widely Differing Impact on Americans Searing heat and wildfires in the west, tropical downpours and flooding in the east. Folks in the U.S. had vastly different experiences with weather last month.  The same goes for trade.  In this issue we highlight the widely disparate experiences different parts of the economy and Foreign-Trade […]
June 29, 2018

July 2018

This Is Not A Drill: New Tariffs Take Effect Next Week After months of speculation, the Trump Administrations’ first tariffs aimed exclusively at Chinese goods take effect on July 6th. This list includes 818 of the 1,333 tariff lines originally announced, and is valued at $34 billion worth of imports from China. Products falling under these tariff lines with an […]