Economic Development Department
Frost Bank Tower
100 West Houston Street, 19th Floor
San Antonio, TX 78205
Monday - Friday, 7:45 am - 4:30 pm
The Basics of Foreign Trade Zones
In the United States, foreign trade zones (FTZs) are the domestic equivalents of international “free trade zones,” intended to encourage healthy competition with foreign businesses. These zones directly help U.S. companies who either import products or components from foreign countries by reducing, deferring, or eliminating duties and by allowing for greater supply chain efficiency.
San Antonio’s Foreign Trade Zone
As a city committed to maximizing its presence in the global economy, San Antonio is an ideal location for businesses interested in increasing their export power. With its engagement in globally-oriented economic programs and its optimal geographic location, the city provides a wide array of business opportunities, a quality enhanced by its Foreign Trade Zone designation.
Why San Antonio?
San Antonio Foreign Trade Zone Map (as of 3.25.16)
Essentially, foreign trade zones help businesses reduce production, transaction, and logistics-related costs by allowing them to defer paying customs costs on goods imported into the U.S. until those goods leave the zone for consumption. Benefits include duty deferral, duty exemption, avoiding inverted tariffs, and logistical benefits.
FTZ Operation Types
Benefits for Foreign Trade Zone Users:
For more information, contact Mrs. Ketly Hinojos at 210.207.6315.