April 2, 2020

FTZ’ine April 2020

Groundhog Day – It was fun at first. Staying home from work. Staying home from school. Teaching Grandma to Zoom. But now the days are starting to run together for the FTZine staff. No one has to go to work today . . . again. The kids are home from school today . . .again. There’s no toilet paper at […]
February 4, 2020

FTZ’ine February 2020

The 2020 Election Heats Up – Yesterday, the Iowa caucuses began in earnest, kicking off the voting for a Democratic challenger this November. The Senate is expected to formally vote tomorrow to bring an end to the impeachment trial of President Trump. With impeachment proceedings complete, and primary voting in full swing, the 2020 campaign is likely to consume all […]
January 7, 2020

FTZ’ine January 2020

Trade Must Have Been Nice Last Year . . .  Well we had to wait all year, but December revealed which list the international trade community was on – there were an awful lot of presents for trade right before the end of the year!  Confirmation of Brexit, a modest trade deal with China, a federal budget, and USMCA passage […]
December 3, 2019

FTZ’ine December 2019

Impeachment hearings once again crowded out any progress on trade policy last month. Your nation’s capital became enthralled by captivating testimony from members of the Trump administration on negotiations over the release of military aide to Ukraine. That leaves time running very short for passage of USMCA, but a green light from the House Speaker right before the Thanksgiving break […]
October 31, 2019

FTZ’ine November 2019

Maybe We Should Talk Baseball Instead  The Washington Nationals Baseball Team surprised everyone this week with a stunning 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 7 to win the World Series.  For at least 48 hours, the team changed the DC news feed to something positive.  During the playoffs the Nationals went 5-0 in elimination games and were eight […]
October 1, 2019

FTZ’ine October 2019

At the beginning of last month, trade was on the tip of everyone’s tongue in your Nations’ Capital. Fresh negotiations were getting traction with Japan and India, and the world was looking forward to the possibility of reduced tensions coming out of the meeting of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. That all changed with […]
August 1, 2019

FTZ’ine August 2019

CFS Is The New FTZ: Container Freight Stations (CFS) are replacing FTZs as the must-have supply chain tool for e-commerce fulfillment. Because a CFS can be little more than a cross-dock operation, communities with e-commerce distribution facilities stand to lose jobs overseas unless action is taken soon to allow FTZs to process shipments that qualify for the de minimus (Section […]
July 1, 2019

FTZ’ine July 2019

FTZs Dodge A Bullet  At the G-20 Summit in Japan this past weekend, President Trump agreed to postpone additional tariffs on goods from China while the two countries resume trade negotiations. FTZs, like other importers, already face 25% tariffs on over $250B of goods from China. The President had threatened tariffs on an additional $300B+ of Chinese goods, which will […]
June 3, 2019

FTZ’ine June 2019

FTZs:  Avoiding The Crossfire  The events of the past month were an unprecedented one for trade. It seems like we’ve reported those words a lot recently, but last month also confirmed many of the reasons that companies that rely on a steady stream of imports should rely on the foreign-trade zone program. Like the stock market, the staff here at […]