Direct delivery for FTZs is an option to deliver merchandise to an FTZ without having to apply or get prior approval on Customs Form 214 under the following circumstances:
- If the merchandise is non-hazardous and is shipped repetitively
- The shipment order and timing are controlled by the operator
- You have approval to utilize direct delivery from the port director
Additional conditions are as follows:
- Applying for direct delivery: A written application must be filed by an operator directed to the port director 30 days before the procedure goes into effect. The application will consist of details on the merchandise, how it will be handled and processed, and the zone operations that will be carried out on the merchandise.
- Conditions for approval: The port director approves the application if the following conditions are met:
- The merchandise must not be of a nature that merits Customs check or documentation review prior to arriving at the zone, not should it be restricted merchandise
- The merchandise coming into the zone and concerned operations are revealed in advance. The operations are stable, recurring and are fixed based on the business conducted in the zone.
- The operator must be the purchaser and owner of the goods
- Application process: Once a decision is made by Customs, the port director will inform the operator. The port director will convey the reason for denial if applicable to the operator along with the final determination from Customs on the application.
- Revoking approval: The approval on direct delivery can be revoked by the port director if it becomes necessary for Customs to repeatedly examine the documentation or merchandise prior to or after admission into the FTZ.
Direct delivery is therefore a convenient option for low-risk merchandise that is shipped repeatedly and undergoes a set process and handling within the FTZ.