Foreign Trade Zones
Neutral, secured areas legally outside of the U.S. customs territory, that offer economic advantages for businesses involved in international trade.
There are six Foreign or Free Trade Zones (FTZ) in North Carolina. Several subzones are also approved for use by individual manufacturers.
Foreign or domestic merchandise may enter these areas without a formal customs entry or the payment of customs duties or government excise taxes and without a thorough examination.
If the final product is exported from the United States, no custom duty is levied. If the final product is imported into the U.S., duty and excise taxes are due at the time of transfer from the foreign trade zone and formal entry is made into the U.S. Duty is paid on the product itself or its imported parts, whichever is lower.
Spoiled or damaged goods or waste materials may be disposed of or re-exported without payment of duty.
Businesses save on personal property and sales and use taxes since state and local governments generally do not impose such taxes on items in the FTZ. Additional savings on interest, labor and shipping costs may also result.
New capital investment by firms who might otherwise have located in foreign countries is another important advantage. This new investment activity spurs development of support industries.
For information on a specific Foreign Trade Zone in North Carolina, please contact:
Generally, merchandise is exempt from payment of duty even if it is:
Used in a manufacturing process
Combined with other domestic or foreign materials
Displayed for sale
Charlotte Regional Partnership
550 South Caldwell Street Suite 760 Charlotte, NC 28202
Tel: (704) 347-8942
Fax: (704) 347-8981
Laura K. Foor
Project Manager/Foreign Trade Zone Administrator
N.C. Ports Authority
Wilmington 2202 Burnett Blvd.
Wilmington, NC 28401
PO Box 9002
Wilmington, NC 28402
Fax: (910) 763-6440
N.C. Ports Authority: Morehead City
113 Arendell St.
Morehead City, NC 28557
PO Box 9002
Wilmington, NC 28557
Fax: (910) 397-1532
The Greater Triangle #93
Triangle J Council of Governments
Global Transpark Authority
2780 Jetport Road, Ste. A
Kinston, NC 28504
PO Box 1476
Kinston, NC 28503
Fax: (252) 522-5778
Piedmont Triad Regional Partnership
416 Gallimore Dairy Road, Suite M
Greensboro, NC 27409
(336) 668-4556 or (800) 669-4556
Fax: (336) 668-3749
Penny Whiteheart, Executive Vice President
For general information about Foreign Trade Zones in North Carolina, contact:
Jean Davis, Director of International Trade Division
North Carolina Department of Commerce
301 N. Wilmington St.
4320 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4320