Southeastern Wisconsin Foreign-Trade Zone No. 41
Application / Activation Process
Before completing an application, it is recommended that your company does a feasibility study to determine if a Foreign-Trade Zone makes sense financially and operationally. You can either use our Basic FTZ Calculator, or some companies find it beneficial to hire an Foreign-Trade Zone Consultants to provide a more comprehensive analysis.
Once you have calculated that your company may benefit from being in a Foreign-Trade Zone, contact either your Grantee (Port of Milwaukee), Consultant, or the Foreign-Trade Zone Board to begin the appropriate application process. Under the ASF format, once your final application has been submitted, FTZB approval may be in as little as 30 days. Once U.S. Customs has approved your operation manual and you pass their inspections, you will be ready to activate your FTZ site.
Once the application has been approved and before operations can begin, the user/operator must activate with the local Customs office. Activation takes place locally under the supervision of the Customs Port Director and involves a review of zone procedures, inventory control, record keeping systems and security. Once the FTZ is activated, users may begin admitting merchandise.