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There are two Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ’s) in Northwest Florida. FTZ advantages include:
  • Defers, reduces or eliminates payment of duties
  • Eliminates formal customs entries
  • Eliminates duty on goods processed in and exported from the zone
  • Eliminates duty on materials and parts used in production
  • Eliminates quota restrictions on merchandise admitted into zones
  • Allows goods to be delivered direct
  • Reduces federal excise taxes and some state inventory taxes when applicable
  • Allows transfer of goods among multiple zones

FTZ #249 - Port of Pensacola

FTZ #249 covers the Century Industrial Park, Pensacola International Airport, Pensacola Marine Terminal, Spruce Street Industrial Complex, and the Port of Pensacola. The Zone was officially activated in January 2003 when the cargo storage requirements of a major Port user sparked the need to designate several segments of the Port with active Foreign-Trade Zone status. As the need arises, additional warehouses and open areas of the Port can be converted to active FTZ status relatively easily.

The Port of Pensacola offers:
  • 170,000 square feet of available warehousing & general cargo storage.
  • Covered railcar loading and unloading.
  • Four acres of open, outside storage (lay down) area with 8-10 additional acres available for future development.
  • On-dock rail service provided by CSX Transportation, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, and Rail America (Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway).
  • 2,360 linear feet of primary deepwater berths and 1,000 linear feet of shallow draft moorage.
  • Deepwater berths are supported by 1,200 linear feet of on-dock rail trackage.
  • A full range of stevedoring services and cargo handling equipment.
  • ISPS certified and U.S. Department of Homeland Security/US Coast Guard compliant security force and procedures.
  • State and Local development funds & incentive programs available for qualified projects.
Contact information:
Scott Luth
Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce
117 West Garden Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
850.438.4081
sluth@pensacolachamber.com

FTZ #65 - Port of Panama City

Port Panama City is a growing deep-water port and international gateway, handling a wide variety of cargo. Its location provides a Gulf Coast gateway to shippers and consignees in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas. The port also serves as trading partners to Mexico, Central America, South America, China, Europe and the Mediterranean. It is equipped with modem loading and unloading facilities for truck, rail, barge, container, RO-RO vessel and deep-water vessel traffic.

In 1981, Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) 65 at Port Panama City was established and it now serves as one of the nation’s most successful foreign trade zones. FTZ 65 is authorized for manufacturing use and has more than 350 acres designated with FTZ status which is available for national and international companies with manufacturing, large assembly and product modification operations.

On-site rail is provided by the Bay Line Railroad, which connects to the port’s Intermodal Distribution Center, a 240-acre pad-ready inland industrial park. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, a 1,050-mile inland navigable waterway from Carrabelle, FL to Brownsville, TX, is located adjacent to the port providing access to the Mississippi River and numerous southeastern ports.

The Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, the first airport to be built in the U.S. since 1995, is also in the process of becoming a subzone of FTZ 65.

Port Panama City offers:
  • 100-ton Gantry Crane
  • 300-ton Fixed Crane
  • Six Berths
  • 4,200 ft. of Deep-water Berthing
  • Mean Water Depth of 36 ft.
  • Six Acres of On-Site Storage
  • Complete Fleet of Lift Trucks (6,000 to 15,000 lbs.)
  • 80,000 sq. ft. Multi-bulk Terminal
Its primary general and bulk cargos include:
  • Forest Products
  • Copper
  • Steel
  • Containerized Cargo
  • Wood Pellets
  • Aggregates
  • Molasses
  • D-Limonene
Port of Progreso, Mexico has a Sister Port agreement with Port Panama City. The two ports pledged to promote shipping activity and increased commercial opportunities along the corridor. The Port of Progreso is located on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, 575 nautical miles from Port Panama City. Port of Progreso handled about 4.6 million tons of cargo in 2009, and the 160–acre port has almost 8,000 feet of commercial dock space, silos for grain storage and a cruise ship terminal.

Contact information:
Charles Lewis
Panama City Port Authority
5321 West Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401
850.767.3244

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