For half a century the Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone #9 (FTZ#9) program has brought cost savings benefits to Hawaii businesses and entrepreneurs. During this time, Foreign-Trade Zone sites in Hawaii have handled nearly $60 billion of merchandise. The FTZ#9 program has been instrumental in retaining manufacturing and small business activity in Hawaii by encouraging companies to compete in export markets, and providing growth to new companies that import and export merchandise.
Foreign-Trade Zone #9 is Grantee for Hawaii and oversees the entire Foreign-Trade Zone program for the state as well as operates a General Purpose Zone warehouse on Pier 2.
As Grantee, FTZ9 works on behalf of our existing General Purpose and Subzones to ensure they operate within Foreign-Trade Zones Board in Washington DC and Customs regulations, as well as filing all applications to expand the Zone and establish Subzones and remits concurrences to the FTZ Board when any General Purpose zone or Subzone are is altered, activated, deactivated. The Grantee is also submits the annual report to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board for the entire zone project under its grant.
As a General Purpose zone operator, FTZ#9 operates a bonded warehouse on Pier 2. Along with the Pier 2 warehouse, FTZ#9 has become Hawaii’s “One-Stop-Shop” for international trade by providing offices for import-export related businesses, on-site support services like Customs Brokers and Shipping Agents, as well as other resources such as workshops, seminars, and training, all at our Pier 2 location. In 2014, FTZ#9 is projecting to open its International Trade Resource Center which will include 40 additional offices for international trade related businesses, incubator space, and a conference center, all designed to grow Hawaii’s international trade activity.