Madison County and metropolitan Jackson have access to foreign trade zones through the Jackson International Airport. A designated foreign trade zone (FTZ 158) is located on-site.
FTZs are sites in or near a U.S. Customs port of entry where foreign and domestic merchandise is generally considered to be in international trade. Goods can be brought into a zone without formal Customs entry or without incurring Customs duties or excise taxes unless and until they are imported into the United States. FTZs are intended to promote U.S. participation in trade and commerce by eliminating or reducing the unintended costs or obstacles associated with U.S. trade laws. Employment that might normally be shifted to a foreign country is thereby encouraged to remain in the United States.
Benefits derived by businesses using FTZs include: