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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

January 31, 2024

FTZ’ine February 2024

The Race Narrows: A lot happened in the race for the Presidency last month. And those events are having a significant impact on trade already. At least three Republican hopefuls dropped out of the race, and the final challenger to Donald Trump for the Republican nomination has not yet garnered enough votes in a state primary to create a contest. […]
January 4, 2024

FTZ’ine January 2024

Welcome Back: Happy New Year! The FTZine staff hopes everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday break. We start the new year with some cleanup left over from 2023. There are still two wars to deal with, each with an expanding impact on ocean vessel traffic. Relations with China remain at a very low point with the possibility that a […]
November 30, 2023

FTZ’ine December 2023

Not Just Another Joe In Washington: The majorities in the House and Senate enjoy only the slimmest of margins. So it is big news in Washington when a Representative or Senator in a competitive district announce they are retiring. Especially when they announce they are retiring to run for President of the United States. Senator Joe Manchin, Democrat of West […]
October 31, 2023

FTZ’ine November 2023

Didn’t See That Coming: October was a month of surprises. In the waning twilight of the last fiscal year, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy reached a deal with Democrats for a temporary spending measure to just barely avert a government shutdown. Three days later he was voted out of the job for that effort — a first in U.S. […]
October 2, 2023

FTZ’ine October 2023

Back In Business: Bet you didn’t think that was going to happen. With only hours left before Uncle Sam’s spending authority expired, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy reached a deal with Democrats to keep the government in business for six more weeks. Still no federal budget, and more negotiation will be needed before the Thanksgiving holiday to avoid a […]
August 30, 2023

FTZ’ine September 2023

Summer Heat Wilts Trade: August is vacation month here in DC. Congress adjourned at the end of July and promptly left town; the Senate will resume normal business after Labor Day; the House a week later. That made it easy for August weather to have a larger impact on trade than policy changes in your Nation’s Capital. Hurricanes on both […]
July 31, 2023

FTZ’ine August 2023

FTZs Dodge A Bullet: It is a hot one in your Nation’s Capital, but temperatures have dropped a little since UPS worked out a tentative agreement to avert a strike of its drivers. That strike could otherwise have started today, but instead we have two major labor deals in the last two months. The FTZine also hears that the Canadian […]
June 29, 2023

FTZ’ine July 2023

Done Deal: FTZ users and operators cheered the news last month of a tentative contract between the ILWU and PMA to cover U.S. West Coast port workers. Ratification by the membership is still required, and is expected in late July. A yes vote, combined with other global events, will start to reorient supply chains as west coast unloading becomes a […]
May 31, 2023

FTZ’ine June 2023

Madam Secretary: The FTZ industry is breathing easier this month. The U.S. Department of Commerce formally announced the appointment of Elizabeth Whiteman as Executive Secretary of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board. That means there is an experienced hand at the helm of this evolving program as it prepares to enter its ninth decade of fostering U.S. employment growth through international trade. […]
May 2, 2023

FTZ’ine May 2023

Mixed Signals For FTZs The month of April was a mixture of good and not-as-good news for international traders. The ILWU announced that they reached agreement on more key issues with the PMA, which is an improvement over the work stoppages we reported to you in April’s FTZ’ine. No west coast contract yet though. U.S. Customs had dramatic attendance at […]
April 4, 2023

FTZ’ine April 2023

Food Fight – Well we know for sure the PMA and ILWU are discussing the west coast labor contract. Because now they are fighting.  ILWU Local 13 workers have shut down terminal operations in LA/LB during lunch and dinner breaks. Terminal operators want to stagger breaks so pickups and drop-offs can continue during meals. The lack of a contract makes […]
March 1, 2023

FTZ’ine March 2023

It is Balloooon! Not since the days of Fort Courage has a quasi-celestial object so entranced your nation’s capital. That first balloon was perhaps a fitting symbol of the wind-whipped drift of U.S.-China relations during the month. Good news from our mates across the pond. Leadership of the United Kingdom and the European Union announced an agreement on a new […]