After surveying members and forming industry subgroups, the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones (NAFTZ) is now sending letters to key officials about the most critical matters within the NAFTZ community.

NAFTZ has already contacted the following agencies:

  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
  • Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The association crafted working groups made of NAFTZ members, including Integration Point, to review each PGA’s reporting timeframe and supplemental guide for filing in ACE.

In each letter, NAFTZ outlines the filing challenges specific to FTZs when transmitting the requested data to the particular PGA on the entry (3461). So far NHTSA and APHIS have responded to the NAFTZ letters.

As a result of their letter, APHIS actually delayed the Lacey Act filing requirements from May 28, 2016 to November 28, 2016. NHTSA also agreed to accept FTZ data on the entry summary rather than the entry after NAFTZ outlined the data challenges related to the weekly entry estimate process for FTZs.

All NAFTZ members can gain access to these letters. If you are currently a member and would like to obtain copies of the NAFTZ letters, you can contact Jarmila Zapata at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..