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Foreign Trade Zone

Foreign Trade Zone

RIDC has been administering the Foreign Trade Zone program in southwestern Pennsylvania since 1977 and many well-known companies have taken advantage of this program.

What is a Foreign Trade Zone?

An FTZ provides a secure and ‘neutral’ area outside the U.S. Customs territory. Users may bring certain products into the Zone under bond without formal Customs entry, payment of Customs duties or government excise taxes. When these products leave the Zone to enter the domestic marketplace, all applicable customs duties must be paid. If the products are exported out of the country, then no duty or taxes are ever paid on them.

Foreign Trade Zone Sites

Our Foreign Trade Zone is organized under the Alternative Site Framework and includes the following 11 counties in its Service Area: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland.

For more information about the FTZ, contact RIDC Director of Community Investment Jeni Cooper at jcooper@ridc.org.

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