In these very difficult times, we believe that Grantees of U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones can be of material assistance in two ways to provide necessary expedited services to the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zone program:
1. Streamline FTZ Approval Process. A number of zones will need to modify their current zone projects and potentially add new sites to accommodate storage of FTZ materials. We urge all Grantees to set up a special time sensitive program within their organization to expedite authorization documentation (letters, contracts, etc.) to support Foreign-Trade Zones Board (FTZ Board) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) actions. We realize that many organizations have existing processes that may take some time to modify. We suggest you reexamine this process in your organization to identify new ways you could streamline it to support and expedite existing and new FTZ projects;
2. Survey Existing Active FTZ Approved Activated Sites In Your Zone. Throughout the country, companies are trying to identify FTZ Board-approved and CBP-activated space that would be available for immediate use for storage to help deal with supply-chain bottlenecks and disruptions resulting from the pandemic. NAFTZ has sent out a survey asking for information on available FTZ storage space, which we are posting on our website. We urge you to compile a list of sites you are aware of, fill out the survey, and encourage your zone partners, particularly 3PLs and logistics providers, also to fill it out and submit it for inclusion on our website list.
If you have any questions on these two items please contact Erik Autor at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working with our Grantee organizations in support of all existing and Foreign-Trade Zone’s firms in these difficult times.