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December 8, 2014 - FTZ No. 68 gives brief on Capitol Hill
FTZ No. 68 Manager and Vice Chairman of the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones, Jose Quiñonez, participated in a panel discussion on Capitol Hill to the House Manufacturing Caucus

November 6, 2014 - FTZ congratulates a new group of graduates from our one day FTZ Advanced Operations Training.

Jerry Garcia, Veronica Martinez, Luz Maria Gonzalez, and Sergio Castaneda are pictured with FTZ Manager Jose Quinonez and FTZ Coordinator Dennis Melonas - Thank you and best of luck to your respective companies!

October 21, 2014 - Honorable Mention in “Global Free Zones of the Year 2014”,  fDi, Financial Times Group

October 3, 2014 - FTZ congratulates yet another training class on 2 great days of Operations Instruction.

Jose Quiñonez A.Z.S.,FTZ Manager and Dennis T Melonas, FTZ Coordinator (far left and far right respectively) with graduates: Eric Palma, Barbara Martinez, Gerardo Gomez, Lizbeth Ruiz, Araceli Jasso, Joan Dressler, CBPO William Griffiths, and CBP Supervisor Angel Hernandez

September 15, 2014 - Southbound lanes technology upgrade project at the Bridge of Americas El Paso international crossing to begin September 29
Lane closures will effect southbound traffic, public should plan accordingly

September 15, 2014 - 4th Annual MRO Expo!

September 2, 2014 - Introducing the Manufacturing Business Incentive program

August 28, 2014 - El Paso’s FTZ No. 68 soars yet again, Click here for the US Foreign-Trade Zones Board annual ranks for 2013 to Congress

August 26, 2014 – Snapshots of Export Forum 2014, our signature event!

Export Forum 2014 was a resounding success and our largest crowd ever for our event, Our speakers were well received and our exhibitors  as well. Up to date information on Mexican trade laws were covered as well as the FTZ’s huge savings potential it offers.” 

Look out for information on Export Forum 2015 to be held late Spring!
August 11, 2014 - FTZ No 68 Presents at Logistica Expo

July 8, 2014 - Update from U.S. Census on Compliance

July 7, 2014 - Consumer Product Safety Commission News

June 27, 2014 - Farewell to Chief Aguilar


Today Foreign Trade Zone No. 68 says goodbye to our CBP partner at the International Trade Processing Center and all-around great guy, to the new Chief Juan Aguilar. We wish the best in your new assignment!
 
May 12-13 2014 - FTZ No.68 welcomes EL CONSORCI Spain Free Trade Zone Delegates to El Paso.


Barcelona’s El Consorci Free Trade Zone and El Paso International Airport’s Foreign Trade Zone No. 68 of the City of El Paso, Texas sign an agreement in partnership and promotion in business issues and logistics

The Consortium of the Free Trade Zone of Barcelona, El CONSORCI and El Paso International Airport’s Foreign Trade Zone No. 68 (FTZ 68) of El Paso have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which both parties agree to promote each other’s free trade zones in their areas of mutual influence.  Also included is the promise and understanding to exchange experiences in international logistics and to share working knowledge with industry contained in each other’s respective free trade zones.
 
May 12-13 2014 - FTZ No.68 welcomes EL CONSORCI Spain Free Trade Zone Delegates to El Paso.
 
A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed at City Council and the delegates will tour our wonderful city.
May 2014 - "Explore...Export...International E-Commerce" conference
 
5/9/2014, 8:30am - 11:45am, EPCC/Small Business Development Center, elpasosbdc.net or (915) 831-7742

Register Here
March 2014 - $88 billion of Trade Crossed El Paso Ports in 2011 - Interview of Mayor Oscar Leeser
 
August 2013 - El Paso's Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) #68 Receives No. 2 on Global Trade's 2013 "Top 25 Foreign Trade Zones" List
 
El Paso International Airport's Foreign Trade Zone No. 68 was recognized by Global Trade Magazine receiving the ranking of No. 2 in their list of the Top 25 Foreign Trade Zones for 2012. This ranking is based on exports and dollar volume activity.
April 2013 - Achievement In Ports/FTZs
 
Business Facilities- 2013 Economic Development Awards wrote the following on their March/April 2013 issue:

“We've only been bestowing our top honor for Achievement in Ports/FTZs for two years, but we already have our first back-to-back winner. We are pleased to grant this distinction to the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. A co-winner of our port award is the Port of Mobile. El Paso International Airport’s Foreign Trade Zone No. 68 got our top honor for FTZs. FTZ No. 68 is an integral part of El Paso’s regional and international investment strategy, providing a business platform for domestic and foreign trade to prosper in the region. The City of El Paso is the Grantee and Operator of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 68; it is administered through El Paso International Airport. The zone consists of 5 regional sites totaling 3,443 acres within El Paso County. FTZ No. 68 has been ranked first in exports among U.S. General-Purpose Zones, ITA (2010). FTZ No. 68 is the only Grantee in the nation providing compliance and training services and one of only five Grantees with an Accredited Zones Specialist. FTZ No. 68 contributed to over 1,300 direct jobs to the El Paso economy in 2012, using innovative best practices in zone management and strategic alliances” Business Facilities Magazine

For additional information visit: http://businessfacilities.com/feature-story-2013-economic-development-awards/
March 2013 - New user receives approval to activate a foreign-trade zone in El Paso, TX: FTZ No. 68 welcomes Arias Logistics
 
Arias Logistics is a lean, responsive and secure supplier of International Trade services who specializes in US Customs Brokerage and helps you reduce costs and stay in compliance with laws and regulations. Arias will work with you to customize a solution to optimize your distribution process from import and export to warehousing using the latest technology and best practices. We provide Us Customs brokerage, contract warehousing, Free Trade Zone, Bonded warehouse, Consulting and wholesale distribution
January 2013- CBP Recognized for Helping Make El Paso, Texas the Safest City in the Nation Per Capita for Third Consecutive Year
 
The El Paso County Commissioner's Office signed a proclamation paying tribute to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for their roles in making El Paso, Texas, the safest city in the nation per capita. The signing took place at the El Paso County Courthouse on Feb. 11. For additional information visit: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/highlights/02122013_2.xml
January 2013 - Ready Lane - Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) now available at BOTA, Paso Del Norte & Zaragoza bridges in El Paso
 
January 2013 - Foreign-Trade Zones Board Annual Report for 2011 released, El Paso’s FTZ No. 68 ranked 2nd in Merchandise Received & Exports
 
December 2012 – FTZ Operations Training
 
Training is intended to provide attendees with the proper information to submit their FTZ transactions in the port of El Paso, Texas. General information regarding the FTZ program, such as benefits, activities allowed in an FTZ, the type of documentation required for FTZ transactions, etc., is reviewed. Interactive activities are scheduled to keep participants engaged and interested during the presentation. Attendees complete FTZ documents, i.e., CBP 214 Form (admission) or a CBP 216 Form (activity permit) to become familiar with the documentation process. The main reason for operations training is to ensure FTZ transactions are completed and submitted to fully comply with CBP and the FTZ Board requirements.
November 2012 - CBP Port of El Paso - FTZ and Bonded Warehouse Trade Directives (Nov 8, 2012)
Background Investigations - Facility will provide written notification to CBP/FTZ of newly hired (and/or existing) employees with NAME, ADDRESS, DOB, POB, SSN and JOB TITLE completed on the “Employee List” attachment. Do not use CBPF 3078 for all facility employees.
  • • CBPF 3078 will only be used for officer/principle (i.e. owner, president, vice president, secretary, financial officer or chief executive officer).
  • • A corporate officer is a management official, such as a president, vice president, secretary, financial officer or chief executive officer who has the authority to contract or act on behalf of the company and is listed on the company’s Articles of Incorporation.
  • • Activation of a bonded facility operation will not be delayed pending the results of background vetting.
  • • 19 CFR 19.3(3) and 19 CFR 146.82 identify various offenses that disqualify a bonded facility operator or principle from continuing operation of a bonded facility. This includes felony convictions or a misdemeanor involving theft or smuggling.


Applications for Customs Bonded Warehouse - Applicant shall submit a written application on applicant’s letterhead and shall include the following.
  • • Description and location of premises.
  • • Class of bonded warehouse.
  • • Statement as to whether warehouse is to be operated for storage or treatment of merchandise belonging to applicant or whether it is to be operated as a public warehouse.
  • • If it is operated as a private warehouse, statement as to the character of merchandise to be stored and estimate of duties/taxes in warehouse at any one time.
  • • Supporting documents should include CBPF 5106 (Notification of Importer’s Number or Notice of Change of Name or Address), If applicable. CBPF 301 (Customs bond). Fire insurance coverage on facility and blueprints (layout) of bonded facility.


CBPF 3499, Manipulations - Continue to submit CBPF 3499 electronically and to the officer assigned to your account copy Chief Pagán and Supervisor CBPO Juan Aguilar. Ensure you state what type of manipulation you will be conducting. If you have any issues or questions regarding CBPF 3499 (manipulations) please direct them to Chief Pagán and SCBPO Aguilar. Port guidance will be issued shortly.

Description of Merchandise - Please ensure the description of your merchandise is clear, concise and written in English in order to expedite the processing of your paperwork. Any deviation will cause unnecessary delays.

Cartman’s badges - The Port of El Paso will evaluate.
August 2012
2012 edition of the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones annual report on “The Impact of Foreign-Trade Zones on the 50 States and Puerto Rico.” This study provides an analysis of foreign-trade zone activity by state, individual zone, and subzone, based on information submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board staff at the U.S. Department of Commerce http://www.naftz.org/resource/resmgr/docs/2012_state_by_state_study.pdf
July 2012
July 2012, Foreign Trade Zone No. 68 has been ranked 28 in the top 50 FDi “Global Free Zones of the future 2012- 2013” Read The Report

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