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Foreign-Trade Zone

A Foreign-Trade Zone is designated by the United States Customs Department and allows foreign and domestic merchandise to be admitted for operations such as storage, exhibition, assembly, manufacture, and processing, without being subject to formal Customs entry procedures, the payment of Customs duties or the payment of federal excise taxes. Both Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Reno-Stead Airport are included in Nevada’s Foreign-Trade Zone.

nevada RNO foreign trade zone map

Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) Advantages

  • Cash Flow
  • Exports
  • Waste/Scraps/Defects/Damage Obsolescence
  • Inverted U.S. Customs Duty Savings
  • Nondutiability of labor, overhead and profit
  • Reduced cycle time
  • Weekly Entries
  • Harbor Maintenance Fee
  • Taxation
  • Production Machinery
  • International Returns
  • Country-of-origin marking/labeling

Alternative Site Framework Plan

In 2010, northern Nevada was approved for an Alternative Site Framework (ASF) plan. The ASF provides foreign-trade zone grantees with greater flexibility to meet specific requests for zone status by utilizing the minor boundary modification process.

Opportunities and Benefits of Alternative Site Framework

The Alternative Site Framework plan makes FTZ application easier and less expensive, offering the following benefits:

  • Warehousing/Distribution in 30 days
  • Manufacturing under Temporary/Interim (T/IM) in 75 days
  • No filing fee
  • Possible production equipment benefit
  • Lower cost entry for companies
    • Free or $1600 vs. $6500 for subzone
    • Costs of application preparation
    • Simplifies information gathering process

(Source: Foreign Trade Zone Corporation 2010, Miller & Company P.C.)


Nevada Foreign Trade Services (NFT) are contracted by LEGACY Supply Chain Services, to manage day-to-day operations. For information on how to be a part of a foreign trade zone, contact the Economic Development Authority of Northern Nevada at: or Russ Romine at LEGACY Supply Chain Services at (775) 331-8010 or