The Evolving World of Global Trade and the Economic Benefits of Foreign Trade Zones

Date/Time: Thursday, August 16
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Room:  Caprice 2 & 3 – 4th Floor

Session Description: Created in 1934, Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ) are secure areas within the U.S. that are considered to be outside of U.S. Customs territory. FTZs are a powerful, non-partisan tool for promoting trade, investment, and economic development. FTZs have changed significantly with greatly simplified designation processes. The panel will describe operational details and regulations of the program and highlight how FTZs stimulate economic development and provide supply chain benefits for companies.

Moderator: James Min, Deutsche Post DHL – Global Business Services


  • Melissa Johnson, Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority
  • Eric Langley, GE
  • Elisha Hermann, KPMG