Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has reopened through July 6 the period for public comment on the proposed extension without change of information collections concerning foreign-trade zone admission and activity.

FTZs 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.

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