Foreign Trade Zone
Foreign Trade Zone: Sam Dunn Enterprises, Inc., facility is on 61 acres and is all located within Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) #234.
A FTZ is a restricted-access site, in or adjacent to a US Customs Port of Entry, that is treated by Customs (for purposes of the tariff laws and Customs entry procedures) as being outside the Customs Territory of the United States. Under FTZ procedures, foreign and domestic merchandise may be admitted into the FTZ’s for operations such as storage, exhibition, assembly, manufacture and/or processing – without being subject to formal Customs entry procedures, the payment of Customs duties or the payment of Federal excise taxes.
When merchandise is removed from a FTZ, Customs duties may be eliminated if the goods are then exported from the United States. If the merchandise is formally entered into US commerce, Customs duties and excise taxes are due at the time of transfer from the FTZ.
There are many benefits to utilization of an FTZ;
- Delays in Customs clearances and duty drawbacks procedures are eliminated
- Ownership may be transferred while merchandise is in the Zone and before entry
- Direct delivery to the zone from the Port of Entry
- Ability to store domestic inventory with foreign inventory
- Goods brought into the country in large quantities may be repackaged and shipped to Customers in smaller quantities
- The zone provides 24-hour protection for all your merchandise. Higher security in the FTZ means lower insurance
- By holding your goods in the FTZ, you can wait for improved market conditions. Your goods may be held for an indefinite period of time.
- Improved cash flow
Not only can an FTZ provide benefits to your supply chain but it can also provide cost savings to your Company as well;
- Duty exemption on re-exports
- Relief from inverted tariffs
- Duty elimination on waste and scrap
- No duty on rejected or defective parts
- Duty deferral
- No duty on domestic content or value added
- Certain state, local and federal taxes are eliminated on foreign goods or material brought into the zone
- Spare parts may be stored, returned or destroyed without paying duty
- Merchandise Processing fees may be reduced by filing weekly entries
- Brokerage costs may be reduced by consolidating multiple entries or into a single entry
- Typically administrative costs can be reduced by the warehouse operator handling all FTZ related forms and reporting.