October 2, 2009
FTZ Board Grantee Update
This second e-mail update to grantees on key developments in the FTZ program focuses on three topics:
- Time to start preparing 2009 Annual Reports
- Modified approach for ASF Service Area concurrence letters
- Details on FTZ Staff Regional Representatives
FIRST, the 2009 fiscal year ended on September 30, so it's not too soon to remind your operators that they'll
need to begin preparing their FY 2009 annual reports for you to incorporate into your report to the FTZ Board
(due January 31, 2010). Note that although we currently have some proposed annual report format revisions out
for public comment, your FY 2009 reports are unaffected. Possible format revisions are not close to being
finalized and would only be effective for future years.
SECOND, feedback from grantees and recent experience has led our office to partially rethink our approach for
the standard Alternative Site Framework (ASF) Service Area concurrence letter to come from each participating
county (or other jurisdiction, if appropriate). However, grantees that have signed or pending Service Area
concurrence letters do not need to re-visit those letters due to the modified approach. We are simply trying to
improve the process going forward.
We had initially tried to create a standard ASF Service Area letter with instructions and optional language to
cover all possible circumstances. However, experience with early ASF applications and grantee feedback has revealed
a broad range of situations that do not lend themselves to simplistic "one size fits all" instructions and
Instead, we will be providing a single standard letter that should cover the majority of grantees' situations
(the updated letter should be on our web site early next week). The key improvement will be instructions at the
beginning of the standard letter indicating for the grantee to contact its Regional Representative on our staff
(see details below) in two types of situations - or if the grantee is uncertain or has any questions. We would
then be able to discuss some straightforward approaches tailored to the grantee's specific situation.
If you are at any stage in the development of an ASF application, we also encourage you to contact your Regional
Representative so that - when you are ready - our staff can to reach out to your local Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) port office to educate the CBP personnel on the ASF and how it relates to their function. That
education should facilitate any subsequent ASF-related discussion you would have with CBP. Because we have only
started reaching out to CBP offices about the ASF, your contact with your Regional Representative will enable us
to prioritize educating your local CBP office.
THIRD, the first Grantee Update e-mail explained the creation of the Regional Representatives to better meet
grantees' needs and improve the functioning of the FTZ program. Listed below are the regions (with the name of the
Regional Representative in parentheses after the region name). Contact information for each of those individuals
is on our web site - accessible via www.trade.gov/ftz.
WESTERN REGION (Chris Kemp)
CENTRAL REGION (Camille Evans)
GREAT LAKES REGION (Claudia Hausler)
SOUTHEASTERN REGION (Kathy Boyce)
NORTHEASTERN REGION (Maureen Hinman)
Executive Secretary and Staff Director
U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board