Foreign Trade Zone

What is an FTZ?

Foreign trade zones are areas in the United States, in or near U.S. ports of entry, where foreign and domestic merchandise is considered outside of U.S. Customs territory. 

Importers and exporters can store, manipulate or add value to goods prior to entry into the U.S. market or export to a foreign country, while deferring, reducing, or in some cases, eliminating Customs duties. Download our FTZ #86 brochure to learn more about the benefits.

FTZ #86: Your competitive advantage

Manufacturers, retailers and logistics companies have been enjoying the perks of our FTZ #86 since 1983. 

Benefits of our FTZ 

Expedited approval process 

Our Alternative Site Framework status cuts down on time and paperwork required to apply for an FTZ site designation. Approval can be granted within 30 days.

 

Lower lease rates

Market rates for industrial and warehouse space near Port of Tacoma facilities are less than most major port markets in the region.

Convenient location

Located close to the ports of Tacoma and Seattle, and overlaps the Kent Valley, the second largest concentration of warehouse and distribution centers on the U.S. West Coast.

Customer focus

Knowledgeable and experience staff are ready to answer questions and help you navigate the FTZ application process.

Options for every company

Designate your own site with FTZ #86, locate at one of the pre-existing magnet sites within the zone or tap into our network of logistics companies that already have the designation.

Existing magnet sites