The Columbus Importers and Brokers Association (CIBA) hosted their quarterly meeting in the offices of RG Barry in Pickerington, OH on October 15, 2015. Indigo Trade Solutions was very pleased to be included and get a chance to share information on the process of foreign-trade zone activation.

Officer Roy gives consultants a nod by suggesting that anyone interested in a zone use a consultant to help the process go smoothly. The only payment he received for this endorsement was a huge smile on Lesley's face

Officer Roy gives consultants a nod by suggesting that anyone interested in a zone use a consultant to help the process go smoothly. The only payment he received for this endorsement was a huge smile on Lesley’s face.

Other speakers present were:

  • Angie Atwood, FTZ Administrator for FTZ138 in Columbus, OH
  • Officers Frank Roy and Chris Myers, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Jake Postle, Integration Point
  • Gordon Rahschulte, Abercrombie and Fitch

It’s a great time for FTZs in Columbus. A&F activated their zone in August 2015 and are realizing enormous duty savings. Many other apparel retailers are focusing distribution efforts in this centrally located area. Zone statistics now show FTZ 138 at the port of Columbus Regional Airport Authority in the top ten zones in the country. You can visit their website at ftz138.com for more information or to get in touch with the grantee.

 

Lesley Couch, shown presenting the process for activation and welcoming audience participation. Columbus is rich with excitement for FTZs and makes a great zone choice. Both the grantee and Customs office in the area are responsive and supportive of zone activity.

Lesley Couch, shown presenting the process for activation and welcoming audience participation. Columbus is rich with excitement for FTZs and makes a great zone choice. Both the grantee and Customs office in the area are responsive and supportive of zone activity.