parallax background

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

February 4, 2020

FTZ’ine February 2020

The 2020 Election Heats Up – Yesterday, the Iowa caucuses began in earnest, kicking off the voting for a Democratic challenger this November. The Senate is expected to formally vote tomorrow to bring an end to the impeachment trial of President Trump. With impeachment proceedings complete, and primary voting in full swing, the 2020 campaign is likely to consume all […]
January 7, 2020

FTZ’ine January 2020

Trade Must Have Been Nice Last Year . . .  Well we had to wait all year, but December revealed which list the international trade community was on – there were an awful lot of presents for trade right before the end of the year!  Confirmation of Brexit, a modest trade deal with China, a federal budget, and USMCA passage […]
December 3, 2019

FTZ’ine December 2019

Impeachment hearings once again crowded out any progress on trade policy last month. Your nation’s capital became enthralled by captivating testimony from members of the Trump administration on negotiations over the release of military aide to Ukraine. That leaves time running very short for passage of USMCA, but a green light from the House Speaker right before the Thanksgiving break […]
October 31, 2019

FTZ’ine November 2019

Maybe We Should Talk Baseball Instead  The Washington Nationals Baseball Team surprised everyone this week with a stunning 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 7 to win the World Series.  For at least 48 hours, the team changed the DC news feed to something positive.  During the playoffs the Nationals went 5-0 in elimination games and were eight […]