Foreign Trade Zone

The Foreign Trade Zone Program was created by the U.S. Government to facilitate international trade and increase the global competitiveness of U.S. based companies.

Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ) are secure areas located in or near U.S. Customs ports of entry that are legally considered to be outside the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol territory for the purpose of tariff laws and Customs entry procedures. The ECIDA administers Foreign Trade Zone #23 on behalf of Erie County.

Foreign Trade Zone #23 - Fact Sheet

There are two types of zones:

  1. General-purpose zones (magnet sites) 
  2. Subzones (usage-driven sites)
     Buffalo, NY Foreign Trade Zone 

General-purpose zones involve public facilities that can be used by more than one firm, and are most commonly ports or industrial parks used by small to medium sized businesses for warehousing/distribution and some processing/assembly.

Subzones typically involve a single firm's site which is used for more extensive manufacturing/processing or warehousing/distribution that cannot easily be accomplished in a general-purpose zone.


  • No duties on re-exports or scrapped goods.
  • Customs duties deferred on imports.
  • In situations where zone manufacturing results in a finished product that has a lower duty rate than the rates on foreign inputs (inverted tariff), the finished products may be entered at the duty rate that applies to its condition as it leaves the zone -- subject to public interest considerations.
  • Merchandise Processing Fee Savings.

Application Process:

If you are interested in establishing an FTZ within Erie County please contact the ECIDA at 716-856-6525. The process for applying for an FTZ site has recently been significantly simplified from the previously complicated & lengthy process.  Warehouse/distribution site applications can be approved within 30 days while manufacturing site applications are generally approved within 120 days.

Click here to download the FTZ Savings calculator


To take advantage of existing General-purpose zones, contact:

WNY Foreign Trade Zone
Timothy Palisano
10 North Gates Avenue
Lackawanna, New York. 14218

Phone: (716) 823-2142
Fax: (716) 823-2613

Gateway Trade Center Inc. (Zone is in Lackawanna)
Ms. Patricia Schreiber
500 Como Park Blvd.
Cheektowaga, NY 14227

Phone: (716) 826-2890
(716) 826-1342

Danason's Border Services, Inc.
Dan Shea
353 Lang Boulevard, PO Box 81
Grand Island, NY 14072

Phone: (716) 773-7301

Speed Global Services
Joe Berti - Vice President of Distribution
1460 Military Road
Buffalo, NY 14217

Phone: (716) 876-7310 

Sonwil Distribution (Zones in Buffalo, West Seneca)
James Manno
100 Sonwil Drive
Cheektowaga, NY 14225

Phone: (716) 206-1809  




General-purpose Zone Summary (Downloadable PDF) 

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