Foreign Trade Zone #86
In 2011, the Port of Tacoma reorganized its foreign trade zone (FTZ) under the U.S. Department of Commerce's Alternative Site Framework (ASF). The new program increases the Port's flexibility and speed in designating FTZs, and reduces paperwork.
The Port's FTZ #86 is one of the largest on the U.S. West Coast. Based on the dollar value of foreign merchandise moved through the FTZ, Tacoma ranks third among the 35 West Coast FTZs and 18th out of the 272 in the U.S. In 2010, more than $1.3 billion of goods and merchandise moved through FTZ #86.
Learn more in this Pacific Gateway article.
Tacoma's FTZ: Land and opportunity
Contact: Annika Dean at 253-830-5302
On the Tideflats
FTZ #86 includes 19 Port-owned parcels on 621 acres in the Tacoma Tideflats.
All are zoned for warehousing, manufacturing or heavy industrial uses. Many of the sites are rail-served and located adjacent to or near Port terminals, and nearly all are located near interstate highways.
Some of these areas are paved, while others have site-specific building or infrastructure improvements already in place.
Outside the Tideflats
FTZ #86 properties are also available in the City of Sumner and in the Frederickson Industrial Area, both of which are located near the Port.
Potential FTZ users may also elect to set up an FTZ sub-zone in other locations within the Puget Sound or around Washington state.
The Port's Foreign Trade Zone #86 covers more than 2,235 acres of Port and privately-owned land. It consists of 11 Magnet Sites (industrial parks or property).
A foreign trade zone is an area considered legally outside of the U.S. Customs territory. FTZs give importers and exporters a flexible way to ship, store and add value to goods while delaying, reducing or eliminating payment of U.S. Customs duties.
The benefits of using FTZ #86 include:
Tacoma's FTZ advantages
The Port of Tacoma is strategically located in the Pacific Northwest for cargo movements between Asia and Midwest and East Coast destination. This makes it the ideal site for your FTZ activities.
In Tacoma, you can choose from: