July 1, 2020

FTZ’ine July 2020

A New Era of North American Trade Begins – Today marks the official start of a new free trade agreement in North America.  North of the border its known as the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), south as the Tratado Mexico, Estados Unidos, Canada (T-MEC) and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) here at home.  Even though the countries couldn’t agree on […]
April 24, 2020


March 3, 2020

FTZ’ine March 2020

Coronavirus – one word pretty much sums up the news from last month, whether the topic was economics, trade, or politics. Soccer teams playing to empty stadiums in Europe. Commercial flight cancellations reducing air freight capacity. A 15 year bull market coming to a screeching halt. Factories, especially in China’s Hubei Province, completely closed or struggling to produce without employees […]
September 5, 2019

FTZ’ine September 2019

ISCM Welcomes Melissa Irmen! Decades of trade technology experience. Leading industry expert on FTZ PGA filing. Officer of the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones. Process and change management consultant. Integration Point employee #3. Noted author and speaker on issues regarding ACE implementation. Trainer sought after on a broad range of issues related to trade compliance and the use of technology […]
May 1, 2019

May 2019

Down To The Wire Although the 2020 Presidential election may seem far off at the moment, it is already having an impact on the Congressional schedule for legislation, including trade agreements. Just one month ago, President Trump told lawmakers that he is intent on trying to get a new trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada implemented before […]
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 […]
June 1, 2018

June 2018

Remembering The Fallen On Memorial Day It was a gray Memorial Day here in your Nation’s Capital; weather perhaps reflective of the somber occasion. The holiday found the FTZine staff in Gettysburg, site of Robert E. Lee’s bold incursion above the Mason-Dixon Line and one of the bloodiest battles in American history. There we captured the solemn scene above with […]
May 1, 2018

May 2018

The Fast And The Furious, As Applied To Trade: Trade negotiations are taking place at a furious pace here in DC in advance of the May 1, 2018 expiration of the aluminum and steel tariff exemptions. No less than the heads of state of Germany, Japan, and France have come to the United States to meet directly with President Trump […]
April 5, 2018

April 2018

Is the Cold in Washington On Its Way Out Or In? The cherry blossoms are out (and looking beautiful, we must say) in your Nation’s Capital, which is usually a sure sign that Spring and warmer weather are finally here. On the trade front however, warmth is less easy to find. Diplomatic expulsions and the imposition of a historic number […]