Foreign Trade Zone is Expanding Its Boundaries

Fort Wayne, Ind. (May 16, 2011) - Eight Northeast Indiana counties will soon find it easier to take advantage of the benefits available when operating in a foreign-trade zone under the new Alternative Site Framework (ASF) program. Introduced by the U.S. Department of Commerce the ASF program will expand FTZ-182 boundary from four sites in Allen and Huntington Counties to an eight county area when finalized. Approval of the new program will stream line the application process, reduce cost of entry for participants and provide additional efficiencies. Under the current process obtaining a subzone designation is a long and expensive process – and going to ASF will make the procedures much easier and affordable. The change is part of the U.S. effort to support economic development and increase U.S. Exports.
A Foreign Trade Zone is designated by the United States Customs Department and allows foreign and domestic merchandise to be admitted to the U.S. for operations such as storage, exhibition, assembly, manufacture and processing, without being subject to formal customs entry procedures, the payment of customs duties or the payment of federal excise taxes until the finished goods are distributed. The City of Fort Wayne is Grantee for FTZ-182 and the program is managed by Ola DeGabriele the International Trade Manager for the City of Fort Wayne. The City of Fort Wayne, along with the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance, is working closely with the Fort Wayne International Airport to implement the Alternative Site Framework program by developing a branding and marketing program to promote it throughout the region.
“The decision to change to the ASF program and include eight counties is significant and strengthens the region by providing FTZ opportunities to companies operating throughout northeast Indiana,” stated Patrick Dooley, vice president of airport development for the Fort Wayne – Allen County Economic Development Alliance. The Fort Wayne International Airport established a U.S. Customs facility at FWA and funds its annual operations. “The Airport’s investment to provide U.S. Customs at the airport creates a foundation for economic development and supports expansion of the current FTZ program. It allows businesses in the region the ability to compete globally,” Dooley added.
Creating awareness of the new program will include branding the program as BizFTZ, pronounced, "Biz Fits". The brand will be used in a new website and in marketing materials distributed to introduce the expanded program to Northeast Indiana. The website will provide complete information about Foreign Trade Zones and link businesses to resources that can  help a company understand, evaluate and start the process to operate in the zone. If your company imports products or materials for redistribution, assembly or for manufacturing and then exports goods – you may benefit from the BizFTZ program. World markets are very competitive and participation in an FTZ may save a company 3-6% by reducing or eliminating or deferring tariffs
on imported goods and materials. Merchandise activities permitted in a foreign trade zone include: assembly, manufacturing, repairing, cleaning, mixing, salvaging, destroying, processing, sampling, displaying, re-labeling, repackaging, testing and manipulating. 
Businesses in Allen County can learned today about the program at a breakfast meeting located at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in the Auditorium. This event was sponsored by the Fort Wayne International Airport and the Fort Wayne – Allen County Economic Development Alliance. For More Information on International Trade, how to operate in a Foreign Trade Zone or how to import and clear goods at FWA call Patrick Dooley, vice president of airport development, Fort Wayne–Allen County Economic Development Alliance at 260-446-3447 or email