Entries by Chris Underwood

A Deep Dive into FDA WEF for FTZs – 3rd Quarter 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) Weekly Entry Filing (“WEF”) procedure for Foreign Trade Zones (“FTZs”) was instituted in the mid-1990s to provide a vehicle to “expedite entry of repetitive shipments of ‘low risk’ merchandise from FTZs in the United States.”

Heads Up…Change is Just Around the Corner! – 2nd Quarter 2015

The long anticipated transition to ACE for entry summary and cargo release is just around the corner. The transition scheduled for November 1, 2015 will also include the opportunity to interface by electronic means with multiple and various Partner Government Agencies (“PGAs”) that will soon be on- boarding with ACE.

Are you ready for a scope review? – 1st Quarter 2015

When the FTZ Board regulations (15 CFR Part 400) were revised in 2012, activities previously referred to as “manufacturing” or “processing” essentially were merged under one definition termed “production”. For FTZ operators and users, it is critical that the definition of production is fully understood so that the regulations and requirements pertaining to production can be complied with on an ongoing basis.

FTZ Board Annual Report – 4th Quarter 2014

The FTZ Board regulations (15 CFR §400) require that each Grantee submit an annual report to the FTZ Board by March 31st each year. In turn, each year the FTZ Board submits the completed annual report covering activities of all zones to Congress.

FTZ Operations and In-Bond Challenges – 2nd Quarter 2014

In-bond is an integral part of zone operations, facilitating the movement of goods without the payment of duty to the zone from the port, between zones, extending zone benefits to zone exports, and helping to create duty savings both, up and down the supply chain. Chances are if you are involved in zone operations, you have had a close encounter with the in-bond program.