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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

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 […]
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 […]