Illinois Port District


Links below:

United States International Trade Commission


Illinois International Port District

Grantee, Foreign-Trade Zone #22

A foreign-trade zone is a designated location in the United States where companies can use special procedures that help encourage U.S. activity and value added – in competition with foreign alternatives – by allowing delayed or reduced duty payments on foreign merchandise, as well as other savings. All designated sites must be approved for FTZ status by the Foreign-Trade Zones Board, a division of the Department of Commerce.

A site which has been granted zone status may not be used for zone activity until the site has been separately approved for FTZ activation by local U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials, and the zone activity remains under the supervision of CBP.  FTZ sites and facilities remain within the jurisdiction of local, state, or federal governments or agencies.

Benefits of an FTZ designated site to the community include:

As Grantee of FTZ#22, the Illinois International Port District accepts applications for potential FTZ sites within Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, DeKalb, DuPage, Will, Kendall, and Grundy counties.  Applications may be found on the Import Administration website,, under the link “How To Apply.”  The correct application form to use is “ASF Minor Boundary Modifications (Usage-Driven Sites).”

The application process is as follows:


Further information may be found on the FTZ Board Import Administration website, or by calling the Illinois International Port District at (773) 646-4400.

Click here for a list of FTZ Operators