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Subzones are special purpose sites for use by one company for a limited purpose. They are established as adjuncts to existing general-purpose zones.

  • The required pre-docketing copy of the application should be sent to our dedicated e-mail address: ftz@trade.gov.

  • The new format for Subzone applications has not yet been approved by the Office of Management and Budget. Until the new format is approved, the application should be submitted using the format below. A current copy of the state enabling legislation and a copy of the relevant sections of the grantee's charter or organization papers need to be submitted as attachments to the request. Questions 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 14, 15 and 16 do not need to be answered:

TSF Minor Boundary Modification
  • The grantee's letter submitting the application should indicate whether the proposed subzone would be subject to the zone's approved activation limit (which would enable a three-month processing time instead of five months).

  • If the proposed subzone is located within an ASF service area, the ASF minor boundary modification format can be used to designate the site or sites as a subzone instead of one or more usage-driven sites.

  • If an application involves a state where inventory is subject to personal property taxation, the application should contain, as an attachment, correspondence from the affected parties (e.g., local school board) indicating their views on the impact of your proposed activity.

  • When an application has been filed, the FTZ staff publishes a notice in the Federal Register opening a public comment period. The applicant also must publish notice in a local newspaper describing the proposal.

  • The application fee for subzone not involving production activity or involving production activity with less than 3 products is $4,000. The fee for subzones involving production activity with 3 or more products is $6,500. The Federal Tax ID number is 91-2014781. Checks should be made payable to:
    U.S. Department of Commerce ITA.

  • Required Number of Copies: The original, one paper copy and an electronic copy (Adobe PDF format preferred). If you cannot submit a PDF-format copy, you may submit a MS Word-format copy. Note that, in either case, the electronic copy must include color maps and scans of the signed versions of all letters.

  • Application should be sent to: Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Ave., NW, Room 21013, Washington, DC 20230

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