Foreign Trade Zones

A Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) is a federal designation that allows goods imported to the trade zone to be considered outside of the United States for Customs purposes.  The area is designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and is secured by U.S. Customs.

The designation can provide some substantial benefits to the user, including duty-free treatment or lower duty rates, the avoidance of tariff inversion (duties on parts can be greater than duties on the whole item) and time savings from consolidating weekly record-keeping per user.

The IIPOD region has multiple FTZ locations over approximately 2000 acres.  Please contact the individual developer for more information on availability within the FTZ. To see which areas in IIPOD are designated as Foreign Trade Zones, please see the Maps page.

If a property you are interested in is not in the existing FTZ, a boundary adjustment can be made relatively easily using the Alternative Site Framework.  This is an administrative process controlled by the Dallas Fort Worth Airport Board.  The Alternative Site Framework can  provide a FTZ designation in 90 days or less and at substantially less cost to you than traditional methods.

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