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NH Foreign Trade Zones Expanded

Published Tuesday Nov 27, 2018

NH Foreign Trade Zones Expanded

The state’s application for federal approval to expand Foreign Trade Zone #81 has been approved by the Foreign Trade Zones Board, according to Geno Marconi, director of the Pease Development Authority, Division of Ports and Harbors.

Foreign Trade Zones, authorized by the federal government, are typically located adjacent to U.S. Customs Ports of Entry and enable companies to defer, reduce or eliminate duties on imported merchandise. Potential users of the FTZ can now utilize its benefits within approximately 30 days from the time an application is accepted for filing; previously, applications took up to a year.

“This is another step toward our aggressive goal of enabling businesses in New Hampshire to find profit and success in the international marketplace,” says Taylor Caswell, commissioner of the Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA).

According to a statement from the BEA, the state’s four Foreign Trade Zones, located at the Pease International Tradeport; the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport; the Market Street Marine Terminal in Portsmouth, and the Portsmouth Industrial Park are now reorganized under the Alternative Site Framework, which includes all or parts of nine of the state’s 10 counties.

The Foreign-Trade Zones Act of 1934 provided financial incentive to companies, which would have operated offshore, to locate within the United States, to create jobs and stimulate the economy. For information on NH’s Foreign Trade Zones, contact Marconi at the Division of Ports and Harbors in Portsmouth, 603-436-8500 or

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