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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

June 5, 2024

FTZ’ine June 2024

China Front And Center: Developments, mostly negative ones, in the U.S. relationship with China continue to dominate the international trade conversation in Washington. The Biden administration announced increased tariff rates and broadened the list of items from China with punitive charges, including a 102% tariff on Chinese electric vehicles. At the same time, a barrage of Chinese entities were added […]
May 2, 2024

FTZ’ine May 2024

Crazy Ivan: Washington politics are craziest during a Presidential election year. But some of the strange moves this year make it hard for even an insider to follow. Consider these sharp course corrections in just the last month: Left Rudder Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, Republican of Louisiana, was threatened with loss of the gavel by members of his […]
April 3, 2024

FTZ’ine April 2024

Still Home Of The Brave: This month’s international trade news is consumed by the instant and future implications of the destruction of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore. While the immediate implication for trade was the complete shutdown of container, bulk, and RoRo shipments into a major east coast terminal, it seems likely that ports around the country, and […]
March 4, 2024

FTZ’ine March 2024

The Name Is Bond: Customs Bond. FTZ bonds are not usually a newsworthy subject, but this month they are. CBP published a “A Guide For The Public” on how FTZ Customs bond amounts will be set. The changes will be important for new and existing FTZ operators, and Grantees will want to take note because questions are sure to come […]
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 […]