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Foreign-Trade Zones can give U.S. Companies a Competitive Edge


MOBILE, June 1, 2003 /FTZ Corporation/ -- Steve Forbes, President, Chief Executive Officer and Editor of Forbes Magazine, asks Craig Pool, President of the FTZ Corporation, to share his expertise on FTZs. In an article on International Trade and Competing in the Global Economy, Forbes asked the FTZ Corp. for its insight on how the use of the FTZ program in International trade. International Trade and Competing in the Global Economy will be broadcast on the Forbes Business Channel aboard all American Airlines flights in June, and again on all United Airlines flights throughout July and August.


Benefits to U.S. Companies

Foreign-Trade Zones make U.S. companies more competitive with overseas competitors by reducing or eliminating customs duties, and reducing transaction fees. The Foreign-Trade Zone Corporation is a service provider offering FTZ cost-benefit analyses, applications, boundary modifications, assistance in designing and creating Zone projects, training, and Foreign-Trade Zone software.

The International Trade Report features timely topics and legislative issues with commentary and advice from the brightest minds in international trade. Featured guests include Ambassador Clayton Yeutter and Senator William Brock III. Other guests who regularly appear on the show include President Jimmy Carter, Dell’s Michael Dell, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, and Viacom’s Sumner Redstone.

The interview is also available on the Foreign-Trade Zone Corporation website,



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