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Join our FTZ Factfinding Report Survey Webinar - Sept. 21 @1:00 PM

The U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) will be hosting a Webinar related to the survey that was distributed on October 6 in conjunction with the Commission’s investigation Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs): Effects of FTZ Policies and Practices on U.S. Firms Operating in U.S. FTZs and Under Similar Programs in Canada and Mexico (332-588).

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) requested that the Commission’s report include detailed data and other information on firms operating in FTZs in the United States, and under similar programs in Canada, and Mexico.

The survey (via a questionnaire) will assist the Commission in developing, as requested, an overview of economic activity and policies and practices in U.S. FTZs and under similar programs in Canada and Mexico, and the effects of those policies and practices on the cost competitiveness of products of firms operating in these programs.

  • Similar programs in Canada include the Duties Relief Program, Drawback Program, Export Distribution Center Program, and Exporters of Processing Services Program.

  • Similar programs in Mexico include Industria Manufacturera, Maquiladora y de Servicios de Exportacio´n (IMMEX), Value Added Tax (VAT)/Special Tax on Production and Services (IEPS) Certification, Programa de Promocio´n Sectorial (PROSEC), Rule 8 (Regla 8), and Operadores Econo´micos Autorizados (OEA) (previously Nuevo Esquema de Empresas Certificadas (NEEC)).

WHEN: Wednesday, September 21, 2022, beginning at 1:00 PM EDT

HOW TO VIEW/PARTICIPATE: The webinar will be held via WebEx video conference platform (registration is required).

WHY: The investigation, Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs): Effects of FTZ Policies and Practices on U.S. Firms Operating in U.S. FTZs and Under Similar Programs in Canada and Mexico, Inv. No. 332-588, was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter received on December 14, 2021.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE:  Firms with production authority in a U.S. FTZ.

COMMISSION SURVEYS (QUESTIONNAIRES): Questionnaires are one of the primary fact-gathering tools used in certain USITC investigations.  The USITC has used questionnaires for decades, but for a first-time recipient, they sometimes can seem daunting or confusing.  Questionnaires are a key means of gathering information from primary sources, especially in situations where little or no established information exists.  As an independent agency, the Commission is able to collect, analyze, and report on data and information objectively.  It is vitally important that USITC analysts attain a full view of what is going on within an industry in order to provide policymakers with a complete and reliable report.

The questionnaires used by the Commission in its general factfinding investigations typically ask recipients for detailed market information – data on production, consumption, trade, employment, investment, and other matters.  The questionnaires also seek narrative information on non-data matters, such as what factors affect trends in the recipient company’s industry.  Questionnaires may also seek qualitative information on industry issues such as trade impediments.

Completed questionnaires submitted to the Commission are treated as “confidential business information”.  Recipients should know that this is an official designation that affords the information specific legal protection from unauthorized disclosure.  The Commission maintains and enforces stringent rules regarding who can see the information submitted in questionnaires.  In addition, the Commission does not publish information in a manner than will reveal the individual operations of any firm.

BACKGROUND: USITC general factfinding investigations, such as this one, cover matters related to tariffs or trade and are generally conducted under section 332(g) of the Tariff Act of 1930 at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the House Committee on Ways and Means, or the Senate Committee on Finance. The resulting reports convey the Commission’s objective findings and independent analysis on the subjects investigated. The Commission makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports.

QUESTIONS: Please contact the FTZ Project Team: