The Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone No. 9 (FTZ#9) offers an on-demand warehousing service, open to the general public. The FTZ#9 which is especially suited for small-to medium-sized businesses looking to streamline their operations. The on-demand warehousing service allows you to receive foreign and domestic inventory into our facility, store merchandise at a reasonable rate, view stock levels, place orders and ship merchandise to your customers. There are no long-term contracts, no minimum volumes, and storage is charged on a per-cubic-foot basis so you only pay for the space you use. It’s  easy and convenient, saving you time and money.

Our Pier 2 bonded warehouse facility is approximately 500,000 cubic feet located in the Port of Honolulu. This prime waterfront location is directly adjacent to one of the State’s main container cargo terminals and the vibrant downtown business district. Our facility offers 56,000 square feet of office space for start-up or existing businesses looking to consolidate their operations under one roof. Interested businesses are encouraged to contact the FTZ#9 at administrator@ftz9.org or call (808) 586-2507.

Our warehouse facility is extremely efficiently run and easy to use.  Once your account with FTZ#9 has been established, you are “good to go” ~ there are no formal applications or contracts involved.


Businesses who can benefit

  • Manufacturers
  • Importers and Exporters
  • Companies who require multiple container staging
  • Importors who need to relabel products (USDA, FDA, U.S. labeling)
  • Businesses who need space for kitting products


Warehouse features

Customers of Hawaii’s Foreign-Trade Zone No. 9 enjoy a high-security facility,  with a knowledgeable and highly professional staff to service you in all aspects of Foreign-Trade Zone operations. Our goal is to serve your needs effectively, efficiently, and economically.


  • Over 500,000 cubic feet of warehousing space
  • Merchandise warehoused until you ask for it
  • Hourly labor services and equipment available at reasonable rates
  • Storage costs based on the amount of space and services used
  • Office space available for lease to regular warehouse users
  • Temperature-controlled storage rooms
  • Online inventory management and tracking
  • The majority of Hawaii’s customs brokers are located in our facility
  • On-site shipping companies and freight forwarders


How the Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone can provide you savings

Duty Delay or Elimination

By using the Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone, firms delay payment of duty (taxes) until they decide to enter the merchandise into U.S. Customs territory. Foreign merchandise transiting U.S. ports for foreign destinations avoids the payment of U.S. Customs duties and taxes through the use of Foreign-Trade Zones. Merchandise is inspected and sorted in Foreign-Trade Zones with only the saleable portion entering U.S. Customs Territory. Duty deferral or avoidance results in substantial cash savings.

Taking Advantage of the Tariff Schedule

The Tariff Schedule of the United States provides many opportunities for FTZ users. FTZ users look for differences in duty rates between components and final manufactured products. Products manufactured from foreign-sourced components within an FTZ may be subject to a lower duty rate than the sum of the parts from which they were made. This also applies to sets or kits.

Made in Hawaii

Products that are manufactured in FTZs may, if certain requirements are met, qualify for “Made in the USA” or “Made in Hawaii” labels even if the final product incorporates foreign components.

Avoiding Certain State Taxes

Goods which are in a Zone for a bona fide Customs reason are exempt from State and local ad valorem taxes.

Avoiding Bonded Warehouse Limitations

Importers who store their merchandise in bonded warehouses that are not part of a Foreign-Trade Zone must post a bond, and their goods may only be stored for a maximum of five years. Importers who use FTZs post no bond and their merchandise may remain in the Zone indefinitely. Manufacturing, processing or altering goods in Customs bonded warehouses are limited. In Foreign-Trade Zones, similar restrictions do not apply.


It’s secure

Customs & Border Protection requirements within FTZs and federal criminal sanctions are deterrents against theft. The Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone has never had an incident of lost goods which may result in lower insurance costs for you.

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