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Foreign Trade Zone #149


Port Freeport sponsors Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) #149 which covers all of Brazoria and Fort Bend Counties here in the State of Texas. This represents a geographic area which is about the size of the State of Rhode Island. The Port provides this service solely as a benefit to our clients and interested users that have the need to defer, reduce or eliminate their Customs duties. Some key customers that currently utilize FTZ #149 include Dow Chemical, Phillips 66, Axens North America Inc., Riviana Foods, Mammoet, Tenaris Global Services and DSM Nutritional Products.

In 2017, FTZ #149’s active sites employed a total of 2,300 people and clients benefited from the FTZ program by saving  approximately $1 million in Customs duties.

Click here to learn about FTZ #149 tariffs and regulations.

Foreign Trade Zone Applications

Application for Foreign Trade Zone Admission And/Or Status Designation 
Application for Foreign Trade Activity Permit
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$1 Million

In 2017, companies saved approximately $1 million in Customs duties through the utilization of Port Freeport's Free Trade Zone. 

FTZ Program

The FTZ program was created by Congress in 1934 to expedite and encourage foreign commerce.  This program establishes secure areas within the United States that are considered to be outside of the U.S. Customs territory for tariff purposes.  

Currently, there are 195 active FTZs within the United States that are utilized by more than 3,300 companies.  The FTZ #149 Tariff is located here on this website, so you can easily access rates and information. 

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Manufacturing Operators

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