• February 18, 2014

    On Tuesday, February 11th, attendees from all over the United States convened at the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, DC for the NAFTZ’s 2014 Legislative and Regulatory Seminar. An annual tradition for NAFTZ members, this policy-focused event brings the FTZ community up to speed on current and future developments in Washington, DC that may impact their Zone operations. The day began with a Congressional Trade Panel, featuring four senior Congressional … Read More

  • January 31, 2014

    Executive and Congressional Support for Foreign Trade Zones Needed to Fulfill President’s Call for Export Growth This article by NAFTZ President Dan Griswold appeared in the online version of the Journal of Commerce on January 30, 2014. President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address included welcome pledges of support for U.S. manufacturers and exporters. But there was no mention of the ambitious goal the president set in announcing the … Read More

  • January 29, 2014

    On Monday, January 6, the NAFTZ hosted more than 80 attendees at its annual Fundamentals Seminar at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL. Featuring some of the nation’s leading Foreign-Trade Zone experts, the event provided those who are new to the FTZ program with a day-long introduction to the industry. After learning the basic concepts, history, and benefits of the FTZ program, attendees were exposed to a number of … Read More


Census Report Confirms Importance of Imports to U.S. Manufacturing

April 3, 2014

The continuing importance of the foreign-trade zones (FTZ) program was highlighted by a report this morning from the U.S. Census Bureau on the growing number of U.S. companies that are exporting and importing. In its annual “Profile of U.S. Importing and Exporting Companies,” Census reports that in 2012, 304,900 U.S. companies exported goods to foreign markets, while 185,700 imported goods. Both numbers marked increases from 2011. Significantly, 83,800 companies in … Read More

Global Satellite Maker to Utilize FTZ Program at AZ Facility

March 31, 2014

In an article posted today on, it was revealed that satellite manufacturer Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) is expected to build 81 satellites at its Gilbert, Arizona facility over a three year period. This $3 billion effort, which will supply major companies like Iridium Communications, is expected to “strengthen worldwide connections and help air-traffic controllers keep closer tabs on jetliners as they slip out of radar over Earth’s vast oceans.” … Read More