Foreign Trade Zones
Mission Statement

Under authority granted by the U.S. Government, Greater Detroit Foreign Trade Zone, Inc. (GDFTZ), a user-funded, Michigan non-profit corporation, provides a competitive advantage to companies involved in international trade through deferral, reduction or elimination of U.S. Customs duties. Through cooperative efforts with public and private organizations, these advantages are used to attract and retain businesses which create employment and economic activity in Southeast Michigan.

What is a Foreign-Trade Zone?

Foreign trade zones permit foreign and domestic goods to be stored, distributed, combined with other foreign or domestic products, or used in manufacturing operations while in the zone. No Customs duty is paid on goods in a foreign trade zone until they are transferred to U.S. commerce. The zones encourage the export of goods since imported goods may be exported from a zone duty free. Foreign trade zones are a valuable economic development tool.

Who can Benefit from FTZ use?

• Companies involved in International trade and looking for advantages
• Businesses importing goods and paying duties

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Our History

In 1701, Detroit was founded by Antoine de La MoThe Cadillac when he planted the flag of France at the foot of what is now Griswold Street. Detroit's geographic location between the upper and lower Great Lakes provided reliable access to several key forest, soil and mining materials. In 1749, concerted efforts were begun to strengthen the French hold on the Ohio territory....

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