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