Foreign Trade Zones

Foreign Trade Zones

A Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) is a site within the United States where foreign and domestic merchandise is generally considered to be in international commerce. As such, merchandise may enter this zone without formal Customs entry or the payment of Customs duties or government excise taxes.

On May 22, 1992, Culpeper County received approval from the U.S. Department of Commerce for General Purpose Trade Zone #185. As one of Virginia’s five strategically-placed Foreign Trade Zones, Culpeper’s FTZ allows companies involved in international commerce to improve the cost competitiveness of their U.S.-based operations vis-à-vis their foreign-based competitors.