Foreign Trade Zone

What is a Foreign Trade Zone (F.T.Z.)?

Foreign Trade Zones are secure areas that are physically within the United States, but are considered outside of U.S. Customs jurisdiction.

Under what authority are Foreign Trade Zones created?

U.S. Foreign Trade Zones are made possible by the FTZ Act of 1934. The Act established the U.S. Foreign Trade Zone Board as the agency responsible for the establishment and administration of Zones through the Board’s regulations.

Status of Foreign Trade Zones in Humboldt Bay:

Foreign Trade Zone No. 248 is sponsored by the City of Eureka pursuant to a grant issued by the U.S. Foreign Trade Zones Board on April 3, 2001. Zone No. 248 is located on four (4) sites designated in the records of the Foreign Trade Zones Board:
  • Site #1: City of Eureka - Dock "B". This 7.10 acre site consists of a public dock located in and owned by the City of Eureka.
  • Site #2
    • (A): Samoa Peninsula. This 320.77- acre site consists of land set aside for industrial development and is adjacent to the Pacific Ocean to the west and adjacent to the Humboldt Bay on the east. The site is owned by the City of Eureka.
    • (B): Samoa Peninsula - Harbor District. This 66.00-acre site adjacent to Humboldt Bay on the east consists of land occupied primarily by wharves and piers for the purpose of waterborne commerce. This site, located within Humboldt County, is owned by the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District.
  • Site #3
    • (A): Fields Landing. This 62.34 -acre site is located south of the City of Eureka in the community of Fields Landing. This site is bo8nded by Humboldt Bay on the west and is owned by Mr. Stanwood Murphy.
    • (B): Fields Landing. This 19.00-acre site is located south of Site #3(A) in the community of Fields Landing. This site is bounded by Humboldt Bay on the west and is owned by the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District.
  • Site #4: Eureka/Arcata Airport. The 247.00-acre site is located at the Eureka/Arcata Airport in the community of McKinleyville, California with direct access to Highway 101. The site is owned by Humboldt County and is restricted to 50 acres of activated area.