One of our most important roles is ensuring the unique interests of the foreign-trade zone community are effectively represented, recognized, and advanced in Washington. We advocate for the practical application of international trade policies and regulations to achieve maximum simplicity and effectiveness for the FTZ community.
The NAFTZ works hard to ensure congressional decision-makers and government agencies (including U.S. Customs and Border Protection [CBP] and the Foreign-Trade Zone Board) understand the significant local and national economic impact of America’s foreign-trade zones. NAFTZ’s diverse membership contributes significant expertise and informed perspectives to major policy discussions in Washington.
NAFTZ Public Affairs Advocacy Campaign: “Telling the FTZ Success Story”
NAFTZ made significant strides in 2018 on our advocacy campaign launched in 2017 to raise the profile of the FTZ program, enhance NAFTZ’s ability to influence public policy and decision-makers in Washington, and gather better data on the economic and employment benefits of the FTZ program. A major part of this initiative, an economic study of the FTZ program commissioned by NAFTZ and conducted by the Trade Partnership was completed in 2019 with the financial support of member sponsors.