New Online System Aims to Make it Easier to Find FTZ Information
The Foreign-Trade Zones Board is in the process of rolling out a new system that will make it easier to find information on FTZs. The basic system, the Online FTZ Information System, is now live and can be accessed here. According to the FTZB, OFIS is intended to provide a “one-stop shop” for information on each zone, such as grantee information, site and subzone information (including maps and activated acreage) and Federal Register notices from 1980 on.
OFIS will also be used for grantees to submit their annual reports to the FTZB online. A limited number of volunteers are currently testing this feature, and additional information, instructions and assistance will be provided when this section of OFIS is fully ready for use.
Grantees will also be able to request accounts for their operators, which will then be able to use OFIS to submit their annual report information for the grantee’s review. With the grantee’s authorization, OFIS will compile all grantee reports for the online submission from the grantee to the FTZB.