The Foreign-Trade Zone Corporation was formed out of a demand for hands-on experience. Over 20 years ago the FTZ Corporation’s founders, Craig Pool and Greg Jones, each operated Foreign-Trade Zones on a day-to-day basis. Due to the success and subsequent notoriety of these projects, the two began receiving an increasing number of requests for assistance with FTZ projects across the United States. The requests were for assistance with projects ranging from production and submission of FTZ Board Applications of all types, to FTZ activations with Customs and Border Protection.
The requests for services grew so rapidly that in 1994 the Foreign-Trade Zone Corporation was formed so resources could be dedicated on a full-time basis in order to providing the highest level of Foreign-Trade Zone consulting services.
In 1996, as a result of many completed compliance reviews on behalf of our clients, the FTZ Corporation recognized the need for a compliant and easy to use Foreign-Trade Zone inventory control and recordkeeping system. A little over one year later, it released its first version of SmartZone software. Today, SmartZone Premier, the latest version of SmartZone software, is quite different than any previous version, or for that matter, any FTZ inventory control and compliance software available today. SmartZone Premier Success is the result of the combination of the FTZ Corporation’s new state-of-the-art Intelligent Web Client (IWC) technology driven by compliance rules planned and implemented by true Foreign-Trade Zone practitioners. This unique combination provides better compliance and better technology.
As the FTZ Corporation grew, we focused on assembling a team of Foreign-Trade Zone consultants that have demonstrated the highest levels of professional performance in real-world zone environments. Our focus on hiring individuals with real-life experience, rather than hiring those that have learned from the outside looking in, has lead to the strength of our team. When it came to FTZ Operations, the FTZ Corporation focused on hiring individuals that not only have compliance and regulatory experience, but real-life day-to-day experience operating Foreign-Trade Zones and Subzones. This unwavering approach has led to our remarkable success with all aspects of the FTZ program.
Today, the Foreign-Trade Zone Corporation has clients in over 40 states and Puerto Rico. The FTZ Corporation is the only firm that limits its practice to Foreign-Trade Zone Consulting. This focus guarantees that our client’s receive a high level of expertise in all aspects of their projects.