How to Become Activated
Foreign Trade Zone 136 Administration:
J. Stanley Payne, Chief Executive Officer
Canaveral Port Authority
P.O. Box 267
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
Telephone: 321-783-7831 ext. 253
To view or print the entire FTZ 136 Tariff No. 6 - Effective January 17, 2013 (PDF) click here
To view a sample Operator Agreement (PDF) click here.
To utilize the full benefits of the Foreign Trade Zone, it is necessary to become an 'activated Operator'. Activation is a relatively straightforward process that consists of meeting the following requirements:
Contact the FTZ administrative staff listed above for an appointment to discuss the potential costs and benefits of the FTZ program as they apply to your business. If you are satisfied that the benefits of FTZ status outweigh the costs and administrative requirements, you may begin the activation process. Foreign Trade Zone staff will provide you with details of the process and an estimate of timing for the items listed above.
- Execution of an Operator Agreement between the FTZ applicant and the Canaveral Port Authority acting in capacity as Federal Grantee for Foreign Trade Zone 136. The Operator Agreement clearly specifies the obligations of each party as they relate to FTZ operation.
- Preparation of an Inventory and Procedures Manual for all operations within the proposed FTZ designated site. The Inventory and Procedures Manual must be submitted to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (C.B.P.) for review and approval prior to commencement of FTZ operations. Because the Inventory and Procedures Manual is critical to the successful operation of your FTZ business, it is recommended that you retain a professional with FTZ experience to prepare the manual.
- A background investigation of all employees and company officers engaged in the operation of the FTZ-related portions of the site and/or business. This background investigation is handled by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) agents and can take several months to complete. Any employee or corporate officer engaged in FTZ activities must have a 'clean' background.
- Purchase of general liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000. The Canaveral Port Authority operating as Grantee of FTZ 136 must be included on the policy as 'additionally insured.'
- Establishment of a U.S. Customs Foreign Trade Zone 301 bond in an amount determined by C.B.P. This bond amount is based on the value of equipment and material that will transit through the FTZ.