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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

December 2, 2020

FTZ’ine December 2020

A Late Start – A late start to the transition to a new administration in Washington has left the town abuzz wondering who will fill the top posts affecting trade.  This includes intrigue about who is in the running to be the next Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative.  Palace gossip in “The Crown” has nothing on […]
November 5, 2020

FTZ’ine November 2020

America Chooses, America Wins As the FTZine goes to press, Joe Biden holds a lead in electoral college votes that appears solid enough to make him the next President of the United States. Election results have been much tighter than polling had predicted, however his lead appears sufficient that a court challenge in any one state would not change that […]
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 […]