Foreign trade zone (FTZ) usage in the United States has increased substantially in this decade. This paper discusses the major reasons for that increase, which include a favourable regulatory climate, growing awareness of the competitive benefits of operating within a zone, and community interest in promoting zones as an incentive to attract investment. Examined here are developments in the Mid‐American region, which reflect national trends. In Indiana, illinois, Ohio and Michigan there is considerable interest in general purpose zones, but so far business use has been limited. The major activity is occuring in subzones in individual manufacturing plants, and this is likely to continue in the region as well as nationally.
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