Grantees play a crucial role in the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) program, representing public or private corporations entrusted with the authority to establish, operate, or maintain a zone project.
NAFTZ membership gives a Grantee a wealth of knowledge, resources, and benefits that can help you improve your FTZ operations, advocate for the FTZ program, market your FTZ, and advance your career as an FTZ professional.
Dues for membership in this category are $1,250.00 per year for the designated member and $350.00 per year for each additional member.
GRANTEE MEMBER BENEFITS
NAFTZ recognizes the power of networking and collaboration among Grantees, providing a platform for Grantees to connect with other Grantees, FTZ operators, and service provider members. Grantees can connect with other members through various channels, including:
- Committee Participation: Actively engage with fellow Grantees by participating in NAFTZ committees. These committees provide a forum for discussion, knowledge sharing and collaboration on specific areas of interest.
- An example of this is by becoming involved in the Grantee Committee. The Grantee Committee meets virtually once a month to share expertise, issues that may be impacting their FTZ, and addressing other Grantee related topics.
- Member Directory: Made a connection at one of our events? Utilize the member directory to search for and connect with members directly.
- We also have an exclusive Grantee directory which will allow members and non-members to connect with you for possible business opportunities and inquiries.
- In-Person Events: Attend NAFTZ conferences and seminars to network with industry peers, exchange ideas, and build lasting relationships.
- At our Spring Seminar and Annual Conference we provide a space for Grantees to meet privately to discuss topics that are important to them.
By joining NAFTZ, you will gain access to a network of valuable connections that can enhance your FTZ operations and promote success of the FTZ program.
NAFTZ offers a variety of educational resources and training programs for Grantees. We offer 4 major events each year which include:
- Fundamentals of FTZs
- Legislative and Congressional Visits
- Spring Seminar
- Annual Conference & Exposition
Members of NAFTZ receive a discount when they attend our events. During the Spring Seminar and Annual Conference the Grantee Committee host private sessions for other Grantees to join and discuss matters important to their profession and FTZ.
NAFTZ also hosts monthly webinars which are always free to active members of the association. Our webinars touch on hot topics currently impacting the FTZ program.
As a Grantee, you play a significant role in the success of the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) program. Without your promotion of the program and its benefits, the program could cease to exist. By joining NAFTZ, we can provide you with the resources you need to ensure your concerns are heard in Washington, DC.
NAFTZ is a powerful advocate for the FTZ program, working to influence regulations and legislation that affect you. We host the Legislative Summit and Congressional Visits each year to provide the space for members to share their concerns with CBP and legislators. We also host Virtual Fly-Ins to continue the conversation of FTZ and ensure our voices and concerns are heard.
Joining will enable us to collaborate on the program's sustainability.
NAFTZ provides Grantees with access to a wide range of resources including:
- Grantee Handbook - is a comprehensive resource document containing everything Grantees need to know to operate their FTZs successfully
- Grantee Committee - meet virtually once a month and also meet privately during the Spring Seminar and Annual Conference
- Marketing - Grantees can view past Catherine Durda Award submissions which is an award provided to Grantees for conducting a successful marketing campaign
- Zones Report - NAFTZ's monthly newsletter containing information as it relates to the association and the U.S. FTZ program
Grantee members at NAFTZ can be paired with other Grantee members of the association for a 6-month long mentorship program. The mentorship program is guided by the mentee, though we will also provide you with tools and information to help you get started on the mentorship journey. Whether you'd like to give back and influence the new generation of FTZ professionals, or are new to the FTZ industry this program would be a great fit for you.
Showcase your knowledge of the FTZ program by earning the Accredited Zones Specialist (AZS) and the Certified Zone Specialist (CZS) designations. These designations demonstrates your commitment to the FTZ industry and distinguishes you as a leader in this field.
Accredited Zone Specialist:
The AZS designation recognizes experienced FTZ professionals. It signifies your in-depth understanding of FTZ operations, regulations, and best practices. To qualify for the AZS designation, you must possess a minimum of five years of FTZ experience and meet qualifying Professional and Leadership activities.
To learn more about this designation please visit: https://www.naftz.org/azs-designation/