By using a US Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ), companies receive many benefits, including reduction in processing fees, possible reduction or elimination of duty payment on manufactured goods, and an expedited and more efficient supply chain. While utilizing foreign-trade zones provides companies with many benefits, implementing and maintaining them can be a time consuming and expensive process. That is, unless you have an automated solution like Integration Point Foreign-Trade Zone Software (FTZ Software) which supports customers throughout the life cycle of their FTZ. Integration Point is not only the industry leader for FTZ software but also the standard in FTZ expertise for implementation and support of zone automation. Integration Point’s extensive knowledge of all industries leads to the development of tools for ensuring compliance for any organization.

Integration Point Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) Software offers robust functionality designed to enhance compliance, along with providing companies with the necessary tools they need to manage and optimize zone operations throughout all industries. Whether you are in the Petroleum, Apparel/Footwear/Textile, Retail, Automotive, Pharmaceutical, or any other industry that moves goods across borders, Integration Point FTZ Management software can support your zone.

Utilizing Integration Point FTZ Software, Subzone and/or General Purpose Zone Operators can handle the electronic filing of all US Customs documentation such as entry filings (3461/7501), e214, and QP/WP. In addition, Third Party Logistics Providers are able to oversee various zone operations across multiple geographies in one easy-to-use interface, and create reports to analyze all operations simultaneously or individually from a central location.

Implementing Integration Point Foreign-Trade Zone Software, companies have the ability to create a comprehensive zone automation solution that encompasses storing all their supply chain data in one central location, leading to better inventory accuracy and enhanced supply chain operations. Integration Point provides a central repository for all compliance data instead of having the company pull data from disparate systems to meet Custom requirements.

Here are a few examples of the industries Integration Point supports and the benefits they receive when using FTZ Software:

  • Petroleum — utilize configurable attribution steps and facilitated "hold" techniques to achieve optimal duty benefits in your zone, and manage refineries and terminals from the same system
  • Apparel, Footwear & Textile — track and correctly report necessary cotton fees, textile categories and visa programs, as well as utilize the "First Sale" method of valuation
  • Retail — control a highly dynamic product mix using integration techniques such as 'source fields' and 'override tables'
  • Automotive — manage the hub and spoke module using the zone-to-zone transfer automation through multiple tiers in the supply chain
  • Pharmaceutical — control inventory on a lot basis which assists with the tracking of chemical depletion during the manufacturing process

Integration Point Foreign-Trade Zone Management is but one part of a complete suite of web-based trade compliance solutions. Along with FTZ software, companies can easily utilize other Integration Point products such as Free Trade Agreement Management, Denied Party Screening, Export Management, and Entry Verification, to manage the entire importing and exporting process in one single, web-based solution.

What is US Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ)?

US Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) have been operational since the 1930s, when the foreign-trade zone program was created to provide a secure facility for imports into the US. This long history has been peppered with additional legislation, rules and compliance regulations such as the Trade & Development Act of 2000 which gave FTZs the ability to utilize weekly entry processing for all goods coming out of an FTZ and into the US commerce. But with every change, FTZs continue to provide organizations with increased benefits and savings opportunities.

Many companies often wonder whether the participation in an FTZ — general purpose or subzone — is the right approach for them. The answer is — it depends. Are you importing to the US on a regular basis in high volume? Are you looking to be more competitive with foreign counterparts? Are you looking for a way to reduce importing costs and save money? Do you need a better way to reconcile inventory on a monthly, if not daily, basis? Do you export high volumes? While the answers vary based on the company answering, the benefits of participating remain the same.

What are the benefits of participating in a FTZ?
  • Save money and assist the US economy through job creation
  • Take advantage of the inverted tariff rule that states if you bring in parts that are manufactured into a whole, you can pay the duty of the whole instead of the parts
  • Eliminate individual entry filings by filing one consolidated entry per week and thus reduce fees
  • Run more efficient inventory control systems
  • Benefit from duty avoidance for exported and scrapped items
  • Participate in special Customs procedures such as direct delivery to expedite the movement of cargo
Who can apply to participate in a Foreign-Trade Zone?

Any company in any industry can apply to be a part of an FTZ. The process is lengthy — 9 to 12 months, depending on the industry and if a FTZ is being created or if you are participating in one that already exists. Here is just a sampling of industries that Integration Point has assisted with managing an FTZ:

  • Aerospace
  • Apparel and Footwear
  • Automotive
  • Consumer Goods
  • Electronics
  • Food Products
  • Logistics Service Providers (LSPs)
  • Petroleum
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Retail
  • Textiles
  • Pharmaceutical

Are you already participating in an FTZ? For those companies that already participate in an FTZ, one of the biggest obstacles to overcome is inventory control and reconciliation, as well as reporting for internal purposes and completing the FTZ Annual Board Report. Integration Point Foreign-Trade Zone Software has assisted hundreds of organizations in customs compliance, inventory control and reconciliation, and reporting in their FTZs.

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