Foreign Trade Zone Division

Up to 80% tariff savings & avoidance — Get Started Today

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Tariff wars are threatening businesses across the United States. Our team can provide you with a solution to these rising rates. Create clear cost savings and increase efficiencies through our new Foreign Trade Zone Division. We can help you with:

What is a Foreign Trade Zone?

A Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) is an area that is considered to be outside of the commerce of the United States for customs purposes only. These are areas where imported goods can be stored, distributed, processed, and used without being subject to customs duty. FTZs provide customs-related advantages. Specifically, Foreign Trade Zones help U.S. companies compete in the global marketplace by eliminating, deferring, or reducing duties and potentially reducing other costs.


We only get paid when you save

Our model is designed so that we only get paid when you save. When you utilize our FTZ Division, you can enjoy:

  • Up to 80% savings in tariff reduction
  • Duty elimination on waste, scrap, and yield loss
  • Duty deferral
  • Zone-to-zone transfers
  • Relief from inverted tariffs
  • Duty exemption on re-exports
  • Improvement of your organization’s COGS
  • Supply chain efficiencies through expedited processing, weekly entry, and direct delivery from ports of entry

Value-added Services We Offer

Our FTZ offers a variety of value-added services for you and your business. Those include:

  • Quality inspection to eliminate waste
  • Assembly/Line Transfer
  • Location advantage for Midwestern businesses
  • Quality control
  • Improved cash flow
  • Saving on your bottom line

20 Years of Manufacturing Experience

STEWART industries has been operating in the manufacturing industry for over twenty years. That experience helps us understand and help businesses like yours.

We know that you’re busy and that the thought of making a major change in the way your business operates can be overwhelming. We assure you that working with us will be worthwhile for your bottom line.

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Because we split cost savings with our customers, we are only as successful as we make you.

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Tariff Reduction

Duty Reduction (Inverted Tariff Relief): In many instances, tariffs are higher on unfinished products. Our FTZ allows companies to bring in components under a lower tariff for completion within the facility.

Tariff Avoidance​

Quality Inspection – Under the customers protocol items may be inspected to ensure proper quality before duty is applied. Only those inspected items that pass get applied duty.

Tariff Elimination​

Duty Deferral/Elimination: Imported and domestic goods are not subject to duty while stored within an FTZ facility. Duty is only applied once the good enters into the U.S. market. Merchandise can be transported between FTZs or exported from the U.S. duty free. In addition, damaged products or scrap materials may be returned or eliminated without duty penalty.

Entrance Strategies

Lower Taxes: Goods stored within FTZ #43 normally avoid federal excise taxes and state inventory taxes.

Reduced Insurance Premium: Inventory within our FTZ is subject to strict security measures established and closely regulated by U.S. Customs. Many insurance companies are willing to offer lower premiums on goods stored within FTZ facilities.

Weekly Entry: Companies utilizing an FTZ can combine entries and pay only one fee on goods moving through the zone within a week, rather than once a day or multiple fees per week. This opportunity is completely unique to FTZ facilities.

Quota Exemption: Items subject to quota limitations may be held within an FTZ facility penalty free until the quota restriction is lifted.

Value Added Service Unique to FTZ #43:

  1. Quality Inspection – Under the customers protocol items may be inspected to ensure proper quality before duty is applied. Only those inspected items that pass get applied duty.
  2. Assembly \ Line Transfer – For more than 19 years STEWART has provided subassembly services for its customers. This allows processes to be moved into the zone to be processed before entry. Beneficial especially on export parts with domestic items added.
  3. Location Advantage – Strategically located in Battle Creeks Fort Custer Industrial Park, transportation and logistics support has its advantages around timing and cost savings.​​