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What is the process to obtain production authority?

Specific production authority within a FTZ is required if the activity:

  • Results in a change in the HTSUS number at the 6-digit level of any imported component.
  • Involves the substantial transformation of a foreign article.
  • Results in a change in the eligibility for entry of any foreign article.

To obtain authority to conduct production activity within a designated FTZ site, the first step is to submit a "Production Notification".

The production notification includes a list of imported components and finished products as well as a brief summary of the activity.

The standard processing time for production notifications is 120 days and generally includes a 40-day public comment period.

If the FTZ Board determines not to authorize certain activity at the end of the notification process, the applicant may choose to use the more extensive "application" process for production authority.

Additional information is also available in the FTZ Production Center.