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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

August 3, 2021

FTZ’ine August 2021

Things Could Get Bumpy Again. . . . The August peak for trans-Pacific Ocean freight is now upon us, but transportation lanes never fully recovered from their pandemic-induced woes. That means longer wait times and higher prices may be in the future and spot rates are already at multiples of pandemic and pre-pandemic pricing. Floods in Germany and China exacerbated […]
July 1, 2021

FTZ’ine July 2021

What’s Bugging Washington? Brood X (pronounced “Brood 10”) has taken over your Nation’s Capital.  There are 15 broods of periodical cicadas in the United States, and this one is now in every corner of the city after 17 years of hibernation. Thinking of riding your motorcycle into DC for the July 4th celebration?  The FTZine staff recommends a full face […]
June 2, 2021

FTZ’ine June 2021

Infrastructure Takes Center Stage – After a bruising battle that scuttled the first version of a $2T infrastructure proposal, the Biden Administration pivoted directly to a new federal budget, keeping its focus firmly on the health of the U.S. economy.  With such attention to organizing federal spending to restart growth, little room is available for issues related to international commerce.  […]
May 3, 2021

FTZ’ine May 2021

Lots Of Trade Last Month. Trade Policy, Not So Much – New USTR Catherine Tai used her first official speech last month to discuss . . . climate change, and has just been assigned the task of reviewing intellectual property rules that restrict wider manufacture of vaccines developed in the United States.  That is a reflection of the lack of […]