Foreign Trade Zone Forum: Enhancing Your Company’s Global Supply Chain Competitiveness

September 30, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Chinook Room, Portland Airport
7200 NE Airport Way Portland
OR 97218
U.S. Commercial Service

Monday, September 30, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Portland Airport, Chinook Conference Room

Topics Covered:

  • Fundamentals about Foreign Trade Zones
  • How to apply for Foreign Trade Zone authorization
  • Hear from a private company representative that operates a FTZ
  • Business support services for local companies with global trade exposure provided by government agencies such as the U.S. Commercial Services .
  • FTZ as a supply chain stabilizer in times of uncertainty
  • Duty Drawback as a tool to manage import costs and shrinking margins
  • CBP on roles and responsibilities related to FTZs



  • Commerce: US-FTZ Board – Overview of FTZs
  • Port of Vancouver / Port of Portland – Engaging locally
  • Columbia Sportswear Company – Business case for utilizing FTZ
  • Freight Forwarder/Broker on Duty Drawback
  • U.S. Customs & Border Protection – Roles & responsibilities related to FTZ / duty drawback


Qahira El-Amin, Analyst, U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington DC

Doug Smith, International Business Development & Industrial Properties, Port of Portland
Foreign Trade Zone #45 which covers all of Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties and is organized under the Alternative Site Framework.

Mike Bomar, Director of Economic Development, Port of Vancouver
Foreign Trade Zone #296 with a service area covering all of Clark County which includes the cities of Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, Ridgefield, La Center, Battle Ground and part of Woodland.

Katie Tangman, Director, Global Customs and Trade, Columbia Sportwear Company

Christophe Esayian, Manager, Sustainability & Global Business Processes, OIA Global

Steven Lewis, Assistant Port Director, Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection


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