The concept of the foreign-trade zone has undergone recent change in the United States. Under the founding legislation, foreign-trade zones were defined as areas where goods could be stored temporarily without being subject to many customs regulations. Today, the potential purposes and activities for which a zone can be utilized have been extended. The federal court decision in Armco Steel Corp. v. Stans, legislative amendments and policy statements by the Foreign Trade Zones Board have contributed substantially to this evolution. Certainly, observers of its early form would have difficulty recognizing the modern foreign-trade zone.
Daniel G. Durbin,
Broach of Duty: The United States Foreign-Trade Zones Program in Transition,
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