February 11, 2011

FTZ Update - Final Regional Forums on Proposed Regulations

PLEASE SHARE THIS UPDATE WITH YOUR FTZ OPERATORS, USERS AND OTHERS WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN THE FTZ PROGRAM.

To follow up on earlier e-mails, we now have final details for the events in Newark, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta and Miami offering education on the proposed revised FTZ regulations. (Some of these details were finalized after the last e-mail update, and have been posted on our website in the interim.)

At each location, two separate sessions will be held:

General Forum - Designed for FTZ operators, users, and anyone else interested in the FTZ program. The General Forums will begin with a presentation on the proposed regulations and allow ample opportunity for attendees to ask questions. RSVPs to ftz@trade.gov are only required for the General Forum in Newark, NJ.

Grantee Forum/Training - Limited to officials of grantee organizations, as well as officials of any other public agencies or non-profit organizations that work with grantees. Will begin with the same presentation given in the General Forums on the proposed regulations. Will also allow time for training not specifically related to the proposed regulations regarding the grantees' roles and responsibilities. RSVPs to ftz@trade.gov are required for all of the Grantee Forums. Each RSVP should include the individual's name and title plus the identity of the organization of which they are an official.

For each location, the General Forum will be scheduled for 9:00 a.m. until noon on the date in question, with the Grantee Forum scheduled for 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. that same day.

Cities, dates and addresses are as follows:

Newark, NJ - February 16
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
New Jersey Marine Terminals
260 Kellogg Street
Port Newark, New Jersey 07114
RSVPs are required no later than February 14 for the General Forum (as well as the Grantee Forum).

Detroit, MI - February 23
TechTown
440 Burroughs Street
Detroit, MI 48202
RSVPs are required no later than February 21 only for the Grantee Forum.

Houston, TX - February 28
Houston U.S. Export Assistance Center
Lonestar Meeting Room - 10th Floor
1919 Smith Street
Houston, TX 77002
RSVPs are required no later than February 24 only for the Grantee Forum.

Atlanta, GA - March 2
Large Conference Room
Comfort Suites Hotel
5087 Clark Howell Hwy
Atlanta, GA 30349
RSVPs are required no later than February 28 only for the Grantee Forum.

Miami, FL - March 4
Port of Miami
5th Floor Conference Room
1015 N. America Way
Miami, FL 33132
(Note that building is signed "Port of Miami World Trade Center")
RSVPs are required no later than March 2 only for the Grantee Forum.

If you have questions, please e-mail ftz@trade.gov or call (202) 482-2862.

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