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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

October 1, 2020

FTZ’ine October 2020

Trade was rising in the public eye as the 2020 election progressed.  Then the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the release of President Donald Trump’s personal tax returns last month upended the election narrative in Washington.  Action this month to confirm a new Supreme Court Justice and examination of those returns are sure to make October […]
September 1, 2020

FTZ’ine September 2020

Follow The Fed or The Street? Wall Street set several records in August, yet the Fed remains very cautious about the near-term future of the U.S. economy.  Who to believe?  Mortgage rates are now low enough to make you put your mask on and march into your bank for a new mortgage, or a refinance of an existing one.  People […]
August 4, 2020

FTZ’ine August 2020

Election Talk Heats Up – As Tropical Storm Isaias is bearing down on your Nation’s Capital today, talk of the November election has taken a slight pause.  As soon as the winds outside the Capitol stop blowing though, expect the wind inside the Capitol to gust anew focused on how the election might take place in the face of the […]
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 […]