Port of San Francisco to Host Foreign Trade Zone Seminar

The Port of San Francisco, grantee of Foreign Trade Zone #3, will hold a half-day seminar for parties interested in learning about the benefits of the Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ) program on Thursday, June 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Portís office at Pier 1 in San Francisco.

By Patrick Burnson 
Published: June, 2012

The Port of San Francisco, grantee of Foreign Trade Zone #3, will hold a half-day seminar for parties interested in learning about the benefits of the Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ) program on Thursday, June 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Port’s office at Pier 1 in San Francisco.

The seminar will provide attendees with a good understanding of the FTZ program and how it can help businesses better compete in global markets. Topics to be discussed include an overview of the FTZ program, types of companies that can benefit, financial savings opportunities, the application process and compliance issues.

The Foreign Trade Zones Program was established by Congress in 1934. Goods coming into the zones are considered to be outside of U.S. commerce even though they have physically entered through a Customs Port of Entry. Duties are paid only when the finished product exits the zone and enters U.S. commerce. FTZs provide the opportunity to defer, reduce and even eliminate duties on imported and re-exported products.

Facilitating the seminar will be Scott Taylor of Miller & Co., a law firm serving a diverse clientele in international trade, customs and FTZ law. Organizations that may find the seminar beneficial include importing and exporting companies, freight forwarders, custom brokers, distributors, third-party logistics companies, manufacturers, refineries, city economic development officials and members of economic forums and associations.

"This is an excellent opportunity for local businesses and community leaders to learn how Foreign Trade Zones can help reduce logistics costs and add to a company’s bottom line," said Peter Dailey, Port of San Francisco deputy director. "We are bringing in a top expert in the industry to present valuable information and answer questions about the program."

 

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