If you import to the U.S. you could be leaving a pile of money on the table.

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Setting up a Foreign Trade Zone may be just what your bottom line is looking for.

What is an FTZ? FTZs are designated secure areas located inside the U.S. — but considered outside U.S. commerce by Customs. You can, for example, handle, store, exhibit, assemble, manufacture and process goods before they are officially imported, so duties and taxes can be deferred, reduced or even eliminated. That can save you a bundle.

Use this SAVINGS ESTIMATOR to see how much an FTZ could save you.

Question 1 of 6

What is the total declared value of all the goods you import annually into the U.S.?

(enter a dollar amount)

Question 2 of 6

What’s your annual number of customs entries?

(enter a number)

[Total entries should represent the total value you import.]

Question 3 of 6

What is the average duty rate for imported components or parts (excluding finished goods)?

(enter a percentage)

Question 4 of 6

What is the average duty rate on finished goods, whether imported into—or completed in—a new FTZ?

(enter a percentage)

Question 5 of 6

Of the goods you import, where do they go next?

(the four percentages must add up to 100%)

(Percentage of imported goods that moves into U.S. commerce, as is.)

Tariff Shift
(Percentage of imported components that would be combined—in an FTZ—with other components, to make finished goods.)

(Percentage of imported goods—to be held in an FTZ—for later export out of the U.S.)

(Percentage of goods imported—into an FTZ—that gets scrapped or salvaged.)

the four percentages must add up to 100% Back Next

Question 6 of 6

On average, how many months will your goods remain in an FTZ, prior to consumption, shipment, export or scrap?

(enter a number)

Your Results

Inverted Tariff (Shift) Savings (Est.)*
Export Savings (Est.)
Scrap Savings (Est.)
MPF Savings (Est.)
Duty Deferral Savings (Est.)

*Estimated inverted tariff savings are not reflective of commodities subject to trade remedies

For now, an FTZ probably isn’t the best option for you. But there may be other options that could save you money, too. Email us at upszonesolutions@ups.com and let’s start a conversation.

You are very close to where an FTZ could make sense for your business. Let’s make sure all of your imports have been considered. Feel free to re-try the Savings Estimator with new numbers, or let’s start a conversation at upszonesolutions@ups.com.

Let’s talk! You could be a prime candidate for an FTZ. We can talk you through how to get started.

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Excellent! Looks like you could be saving a lot of money with an FTZ. Let us help you get started.

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How can UPS® Zone Solutions help your business?

As your global supply chain grows, so do the complexities you face managing risk and cost. Let’s say you import quite a bit of inventory into the U.S. Some of the goods stay here, but others get exported later. Now you’re getting hit with duties, import taxes and fees in multiple countries. That’s killing your bottom line and slowing your growth. An FTZ can put a lot of those duties and taxes back in your pocket.

We uncomplicate the complicated.

For more than 20 years, we have been leading the way in foreign trade zones. Today we are one of the largest FTZ consulting and managed services providers in the country. We offer a comprehensive set of FTZ solutions, from consultation to systems implementation to managed services to complete turn-key solutions. All of which can help you improve visibility, increase compliance, manage costs and improve service levels.

We do the heavy lifting.

We’ll assess your unique situation, provide guidance and help facilitate the right FTZ solution for your business. Our managed services can provide the administrative activities required to compliantly operate an FTZ. It’s what we do best, so you can focus on what you do best.

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Filling out online forms can be daunting. Don’t worry. We won’t inundate you with unwanted calls and emails. Just a straight conversation to determine if an FTZ is right for you. If it is, we can help you set one up, or you can use one of ours. It’s that easy.

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