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Foreign-Trade Zones & Other Duty Deferral Programs

Duty deferral tools such as foreign-trade zones, bonded warehouses, and temporary importation bonds provide opportunities for companies to defer, limit, or reduce duty liability and increase cash flow. ST&R professionals can help evaluate the benefits of these programs, assess your expected return on investment, and assist with implementation and maintenance of effective operational guidelines. 

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What is an FTZ?

A foreign-trade zone is a designated location under CBP supervision that is generally considered to be outside the U.S. customs territory. Merchandise in a zone may be assembled, exhibited, cleaned, manipulated, manufactured, mixed, processed, relabeled, repackaged, repaired, salvaged, sampled, stored, tested, displayed, and destroyed. Duties and most taxes and fees are not required until the merchandise leaves the FTZ for domestic consumption. 

Background: What is a Bonded Warehouse?

A bonded warehouse is a building or other secure area where imported dutiable merchandise may be stored, manipulated, or subject to manufacturing operations without payment of duty for up to five years from the date of importation. This allows users to defer duty payment until the goods are withdrawn for consumption within the U.S. Duty is eliminated for goods exported from the bonded warehouse.

Background: What is a Temporary Importation Bond?

TIBs offer additional opportunities to avoid, delay and reduce duty payment for one year on certain eligible goods, such as those intended for temporary import and subsequent export or for temporary transit within the U.S. ST&R assists companies with the process of setting up and maintaining a bonded facility and/or facilitating temporary importations.

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