January 4, 2013

Free webinars on submitting annual reports via OFIS

You are receiving this email because you are listed as the contact for an operator or grantee of a foreign-trade zone (FTZ). As you probably know, you will soon need to submit your FTZ annual report for calendar year 2012. Each operator's report to its zone's grantee is due by the deadline set by the grantee (with the grantee then submitting its report to the FTZ Board by March 31).

All reports must be submitted through the Online FTZ Information System (OFIS) which is accessible through the FTZ Board's website - www.trade.gov/ftz. Training videos and tutorials on the use of OFIS are also available under the "Tutorial" link at the top of the page in OFIS. If you have problems accessing your account or preparing the report, please contact Liz Whiteman (202-482-0473, Elizabeth.Whiteman@trade.gov) or Marsha Foust (202-482-2862, Marsha.Foust@trade.gov).

To supplement the training videos and tutorials, we will be holding the following free webinars (each of which will incorporate time for questions from participants):

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm EST - webinar covering operators' use of OFIS to fill out and submit their annual report to the grantee using OFIS.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm EST- webinar covering operators' use of OFIS to fill out and submit their annual report to the grantee using OFIS. (Same content as the January 22 webinar.)

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm EST- webinar covering grantees' use of OFIS to finalize and submit their annual report to the FTZ Board.

RSVPs are required for these webinars. Please RSVP to ftz@trade.gov as follows:

For the January 22 webinar, RSVP by January 18.

For the February 21 webinar, RSVP by February 19.

For the March 14 webinar, RSVP by March 12.

Each RSVP should include the individual's name and e-mail address. Prior to the webinars, participants will receive an e-mail with the call-in number and passcode to be used to access the webinars.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (202) 482-2862 or ftz@trade.gov.

Andrew McGilvray
Executive Secretary and Staff Director
U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(202) 482-2862
www.trade.gov/ftz