Foreign Trade Zones

The Foreign-Trade Zone Program was created by the U.S. government to facilitate international trade and increase the global competitiveness of U.S.-based companies. The program, which has existed since the 1930s, continues to thrive and change to better meet the needs of American companies in the global economy.

An FTZ is an area within the United States, in or near a U.S. Customs port of entry, where foreign and domestic merchandise is considered to be outside the country, or at least, outside of U.S. Customs territory. Certain types of merchandise can be imported into a Zone without going through formal Customs entry procedures or paying import duties. Customs duties and excise taxes are due only at the time of transfer from the FTZ for U.S. consumption. If the merchandise never enters the U.S. commerce, then no duties or taxes are paid on those items.

Merchandise entering a Zone may be:

Assembled Manufactured* Repackaged
Tested Stored Destroyed
Sampled Salvaged Mixed
Relabeled Processed Manipulated

*The user must receive special approval from the FTZ Board for manufacturing.

Operating within an FTZ carries numerous benefits:

  • Deferral, reduction and possible elimination of duties
  • Tighter inventory control that may virtually eliminate year-end inventory loss adjustments
  • Potential direct delivery benefit reduces long hold times at crowded ports of entry


LOUISIANA FTZ No. 2 New Orleans
Grantee: Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans
1350 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70130
Chris Bonura (504) 528-3322
Fax (504) 528-3490
2C Huntington Ingalls Industries
2D Huntington Ingalls Industries
2E Huntington Ingalls Industries
2F Huntington Ingalls Industries
2G Trinity Yachts Inc.
2H Chalmette Refining LLC
2I Phillips 66 Company
2J Valero Refining-Meraux LLC
2K Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
New Orleans
FTZ No. 87 Lake Charles
Grantee: Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District
P.O. Box 3753, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Sharon Edwards (337) 493-3504
Fax (318) 493-3512
87A Phillips 66 Company
87B Citgo Petroleum Corp.
87C Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
Lake Charles
FTZ No. 124 Gramercy
Grantee: Port of South Louisiana
P.O. Box 909, La Place, LA 70069-0909
Lisa Braud (985) 652-9278
Fax (985) 652-9518
124A Valero Refining
124B North American Shipbuilding
124C Motiva Enterprises
124E Marathon Petroleum Company LP
124F Motiva Enterprises
124G Halter Marine
124H Bollinger Shipyards
124I J. Ray McDermott, Inc.
124K M-I L.L.C.
124L Candies Shipbuilding, LLC
124M Baker Hughes, Inc.
124N Excalibar Minerals LLC
124O Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
FTZ No. 145 Shreveport
Grantee: Caddo-Bossier Parishes Port Commission
P.O. Box 52071, Shreveport, LA 71135-2071
Brenda Levinson (318) 524-2272
Fax (318) 524-2273
145A Avaya, Inc. Shreveport
FTZ No. 154 Baton Rouge
Grantee: Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission
P.O. Box 380, Port Allen, LA 70767-0380
Karen St. Cyr (225) 342-1660
Fax (225) 342-1666
154A EXXON Mobil Baton Rouge
FTZ No. 261 Alexandria
Grantee: England Economic & Industrial Development District
England Airpark, 1611 Arnold Dr., Alexandria, LA 71303
Jon Grafton (318) 427-6407
Fax (318) 792-6063
Morgan City
FTZ No. 279 Terrebonne Parish
Grantee: Houma-Terrebonne Airport Commission
10264 East Main St., Houma, Louisiana 70363
David Slayter (985) 872-4646
Fax (985) 876-4115