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FTZ Admission Application, Customs Declaration Under Review

Friday, March 27, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is accepting through May 26 comments on the proposed extension without change of the following information collections.

FTZ Admission and Activity. Foreign-trade zones are geographical enclaves located within the geographical limits of the U.S. but considered to be outside the U.S. for tariff purposes. Imported merchandise may be brought into FTZs for storage, manipulation, manufacture or other processing and subsequent removal for exportation, consumption in the U.S. or destruction. A company bringing goods into an FTZ has a choice of zone status (privileged/non-privileged foreign, domestic or zone-restricted), which affects the way those goods are treated by CBP and treated for tariff purposes upon entry into the customs territory of the U.S.

CBP Forms 214, 214A, 214B and 214C, which make up the application for FTZ admission and/or status designation, are used to register the admission of merchandise into FTZs and to apply for the appropriate zone status. CBP Form 216, the FTZ activity permit, allows companies to request approval to manipulate, manufacture, exhibit or destroy merchandise in an FTZ.

Customs Declaration. CBP Form 6059B is used as a standard report of the identity and residence of each person arriving in the U.S. This form is also used to declare imported articles to CBP.

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