FTZ Academy

ITC Diligence International Inc. has more than 30 years of experience working with Customs forms, process, and fees. For importers and business owners, this means they can rely on proven 4PL advice and stay focused on their business.

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Form 214: Application for FTZ Admission/Status Designation

Looking to get goods through Customs? Form 214 is where every business starts. This form acts like an application and a permit to bring goods into a US Foreign Trade Zone warehouse.

Form 214 allows businesses to get goods approved and imported into an FTZ.

When completing Form 214, there are three sections that need to be filled out at different times in the importing process.

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Form 216: Application for Foreign Trade Zone Activity

Importers who truly take advantage of all the benefits Foreign Trade Zones have to offer will become very comfortable using Form 216. With Form 216, a business can display products in an exhibit, relabel packages so they meet certain regulatory requirements, and even destroy goods, all while maintaining control of fees and tariffs. These are only a few examples of how Form 216 can be used; the list of benefits is extensive.

An importer can get an annual permit to perform certain activities, giving them complete autonomy over Foreign Trade Zone business operations.

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Form 349: Harbor Maintenance Fee Report

In the FTZ environment, Form 349 allows the HMF to be paid quarterly instead of upon entry, and simplifies a process that could potentially lead to bottlenecked ports. For businesses using sea ports and harbors, Form 349 gives some flexibility to how this fee (which cannot be waived or avoided) can be paid.

The Harbor Maintenance Fee is only assessed on imports, domestic shipments, FTZ admission, and passengers.

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Form 7512: Transportation Entry and Manifest of Goods Subject to CBP Inspection and Permit

When goods are ready to be moved out of a Foreign Trade Zone, there are specific requirements that must be met. If any goods have been brought into an FTZ, Form 214 will accompany them.

Form 7512 is fully automated and requires authorization from Customs before movement.

There are three types of transport that can be declared on this form.

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Form 3461: Entry/Immediate Delivery for Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)

Looking to get goods through Customs? Form 214 is where every business starts. This form acts like an application and a permit to bring goods into a US Foreign Trade Zone warehouse.

Form 3461 is an authorization request to introduce goods into the US commerce system.

Every item for sale in our country has been or will be accounted for on Form 3461.

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Form 7501: Entry Summary including Continuation Sheets

A full container load (FTL) or less than container load (LTL) will need an entry summary that details what is being shipped and the value amounts for the goods in the container before it can clear customs.

Form 7501 adds up all the costs and fees that must be paid at the time of entry.

Importers of all goods will want to take advantage of Form 7501, as it streamlines the process and even saves larger importers money.

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