• August 27, 2014

      The value of exports from America’s Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZs) increased by 13.7 percent in 2013, to a record-high 79.5 billion in merchandise exported, according to figures released by the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board in its Annual Report to Congress. At 835.8 billion, the 2013 value of received merchandise into FTZs also reached a new high, surpassing the previous year’s record of $732.2 billion – a 14.1 percent increase. Nearly two-thirds of the merchandise … Read More

  • May 8, 2014

    Earlier this week, the NAFTZ hosted an exciting and successful Spring Seminar in Seattle, Washington, with nearly 150 people in attendance. Titled “Technology and the Future of FTZs,” the event featured cutting-edge educational programming, vast networking opportunities, and fun recreational activities in a relaxed and comfortable setting. The event kicked off with a well-attended reception on Sunday evening, providing attendees with a chance to meet, mingle, and unwind before Monday’s … Read More

  • 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


Bloomberg Article Highlights BMW’s Export Success

July 14, 2014

A recent Bloomberg article celebrated the 20th year of BMW’s manufacturing operations in Spartanburg, South Carolina, by documenting the automaker’s impressive contributions to the U.S. economy, along with its ambitious plans for future expansion. The article reported that the Spartanburg facility, which currently produces BMW’s X-Series of sport utility vehicles, is the number one exporter of U.S. made cars to overseas markets – surpassing each of the “Big Three” American … Read More

FTZs help propel “Global South” exports

July 10, 2014

Exports are booming from America’s “Global South,” according to an informative article in the July issue of Global Trade magazine. The article sites a number of industries located in the southeastern United States that are enjoying extraordinary success selling abroad. Leading the way is the auto and auto parts segment, which accounts for the single largest export category for the Southeast, according to a report cited in the article by … Read More