By: Archie Nelson
If you want to know why Foreign-Trade Zone programs are important to the U.S. economy, try OFIS.
OFIS stands for Online Foreign-Trade Zone Information System. The program was demonstrated at the 2012 National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ) Spring Seminar in Atlanta, GA and provided valuable industry information on zones, grantees, sites, subzones and Federal Register notices. The website’s easy access, user friendliness and helpful features, saves time when looking up FTZ information. What a useful tool!
OFIS has a search feature that allows you to enter a keyword or phrase. Furthermore, the system will allow Grantees and Operators to update their information and submit annual reports to the FTZ Board. Under the Department of Commerce, the International Trade Administration-Import Administration is the lead agency for collaborating with the Foreign Trade Zones Board and responsible for maintaining the OFIS website. It’ s your one-stop shop for FTZ information.