Foreign Trade Zone #230

FTZ #230 has been approved for the Alternative Site Framework (ASF) which is designed to be a fast and flexible process for obtaining FTZ designation in our Service Area, which includes: Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Surry, Stokes, and Yadkin Counties.

FTZ #230 Service Area

As the Grantee, the Piedmont Triad Partnership manages Foreign Trade Zone #230 as a public benefit to further our mission to create economic opportunity and increase economic competitiveness in the Piedmont Triad Region.

Penny Whiteheart
Foreign Trade Zone Administrator

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is responsible for the transfer of merchandise into and out of the Foreign Trade Zone for matters involving the collection of revenue. The local Port Director of CBP is charged with overseeing zone activity and controls admission of merchandise into the zone, the handling and disposition of merchandise in the zone and the removal of merchandise from the zone.

Steve Bowie
Port Director
532C North Regional Road
Greensboro, NC 27409

FTZ #230 Activated Users

  • Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery
  • Gildan Activewear
  • Klaussner Furniture Industries
  • Liberty Hardware
  • Mylan Pharmaceutials
  • Oracle Flexible Packaging
  • Patheon
  • Ralph Lauren
  • United Chemi-Com
  • VF Corporation

What is a Foreign Trade Zone?

Foreign Trade Zones are federally designated areas within the United States but are legally considered outside the U.S. territory. These designated sites allow domestic activity, involving foreign items, to take place prior to formal Customs entry. Companies in the FTZ can benefit by using special procedures to encourage U.S. activity by reducing, eliminating, or delaying duties.

Benefits to Active FTZ Users

Duty Elimination: Users may export goods from a zone, move goods among zones and destroy goods in a zone without paying duty and federal excise taxes. Users may also exhibit goods in a zone.

Duty Deferral: Users can avoid paying Customs Duty and Federal Excise Taxes on imported merchandise until the goods are transferred from the FTZ and entered into the U.S. commerce.

Inverted Tariff: Users may elect to pay duties on raw materials imported into the zone OR pay duties on the finished product as removed from the zone, whichever is lower. Note: Production Authority must be obtained from the FTZ Board.

Simplification of Import Procedures: Users file Customs entries weekly, rather than per shipment. Delays in Customs clearances and duty drawback procedures are eliminated. No country-of-origin markings are required on merchandise before admitted into the FTZ.

Security: Customs & Border Protection security requirements and federal criminal sanctions provide deterrents against theft.

How to Apply

Companies interested in becoming an Activated User in Foreign Trade Zone #230 should contact Penny Whiteheart

ASF Minor Boundary Modification(Subzones/Usage-Driven Sites)
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Minor Boundary Modification for a Usage Driven Site can be obtained in 45 days.
Subzone Application, if needed, can be processed in 6 – 10 months.

Production Notification can be processed in 4-5 months.
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FTZ #230 Zone Schedule, effective 5/1/2012
FTZ Activity for North Carolina
U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board
U.S. Customs and Border Protection