Windsor-Essex

Foreign Trade Zone

About Us

The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation advances economic development and prosperity in Windsor-Essex, Ontario Canada. We are the region’s lead economic development agency and a dedicated catalyst for business growth and expansion. We attract new businesses to our region, help strengthen existing businesses and support entrepreneurship. Learn more about the
WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation.

What is a foreign trade zone?

A Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) refers to a specific location within a country that is officially designated for eligibility for tariff and tax exemptions with respect to the purchase or importation of raw materials, components or finished goods. Such materials and goods can generally be stored, processed or assembled in the FTZ for re-export (In which case taxes and duties generally would not apply) or for entry into the domestic market, at which time taxes and duties would be deferred until the time of entry. Windsor-Essex’s Foreign Trade Zone is lead by the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, providing businesses a one-stop shop for information on Canada’s FTZ policies and programs. The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation is supported by a task force that is led by FedDev Ontario, and includes representatives from:

Overview of FTZ in Windsor-Essex

The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (WEEDC) has applied for the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Point designation for the Windsor and Essex County region in collaboration with regional private and public stakeholders. FedDev has confirmed that WEEDC’s application has been approved. A formal announcement was made by The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario on July 31, 2017. Learn more about FTZ in Windsor-Essex here.

How Will It Benefit Your Business?

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Windsor-Essex’s FTZ Point will provide a one-stop shop/service for information on Canada’s FTZ policies and programs.

  • Access streamlined information on FTZ programing
  • Main contact for businesses to access regulatory information from the following agencies:
    • Canada Revenue Agency
    • Canada Border Services Agency
    • Transport Canada
    • Export Development Canada
    • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
    • Global Affairs Canada

FTZ programs reduce cost for manufacturers.

  • FTZ programs can help a company manage its inventory and cash flow by offering programs that either alleviate or refund import duties on products that are later exported
  • Export orientated companies can take advantage of FTZ programs that relieve companies from paying GST/HST with products that will be subsequently exported

Integration of southern Ontario SMEs into foreign markets and global value chains. Making it easier for companies looking to export and expand to grow into world leaders.

Windsor-Essex FTZ Advantage

  • Strategic Location • Located at the centre of the Great Lakes region, North America’s manufacturing heartland • Half of North America’s population is within a day’s drive of Windsor-Essex • Windsor-Essex/Detroit border crossing is the busiest commercial Canada-US border crossing, handling approximately 1/3 of all Canada-US trade: over $325 million a day

  • Access to Market / Multi modal transportation network • Western Terminus of Hwy 401, connecting to US Interstate system • Windsor International Airport with ILS equipped 9,000 foot runway and cargo capabilities • Port of Windsor, a deepwater port located at the midpoint of the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway • Class 1 rail service provided by CN, CP, and CSX as well as Essex Terminal Railway shortline service with direct connection with US rail network via the Michigan Central Railway Tunnel

  • Key Sectors • Over 1000+ manufacturers in the region with particular expertise in automotive, aerospace, food processing and pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and medical devices • 90% of our manufacturers export globally including the United States, Mexico, Europe, China and India

  • Education & Training • University of Windsor offers Border Management and International Trade Certificate and Masters program in Logistics and Supply Chain Management • Cross Border Institute (CBI) at the University of Windsor is dedicated to research, education and public outreach on cross-border movement of goods and services • Institute for Border Logistics and Security at Windsor International Airport works with CBI to provide real-world testing of logistics technologies • St. Clair College offers a certificate program in Freight Forwarding and Logistics

  • Available Land • Readily available land within the Windsor-Essex region including strategic locations within the Airport and Port lands and within close proximity to highway/ cross border infrastructure. Affordable Place for Doing Business • Low corporate tax rate vs. U.S. • Low Canadian Dollar • Low industrial and commercial lease rates • Housing Costs among Canada’s most affordable • Ranked 5th most affordable place for doing business in Canada in 2016 by Profit Magazine

WHICH PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED?

( Overview of some of Canada’s FTZ-Type Programs )

Duties Relief Program

Administered by the Canada Border Services Agency, the program allows businesses to import goods into Canada without having to pay customs duties as long as the goods that were either stored, processed or used to manufacture other goods, are later re-exported.
Learn more about Canada's FTZ programs here.

Drawback Program

Administered by the Canada Border Services Agency, the program allows businesses to apply for a refund of customs duties paid on imported goods that are later re-exported or destroyed under CBSA supervision.
Learn more about Canada's FTZ programs here.

Customs Bonded Warehouse

Administered by the Canada Border Services Agency, importers can store imported goods or domestic goods destined for export in their own private CBSA licensed customs bonded warehouse or in a local CBSA licensed public customs bonded warehouse without having to pay customs duties and other import duties or taxes including the GST. Duties and taxes are never payable if the goods are exported from Canada within four years. Duties and taxes are however payable if the goods enter the Canadian market.

Private and public licensed customs bonded warehouse storage facilities do not have to be a conventional warehouse – they could be part of an office building, a convention centre or even a hotel conference room, depending on business requirements.
Learn more about Canada's FTZ programs here.

Export Distribution
Centre Program

Administered by the Canada Revenue Agency, the program relieves participants of the obligation to pay the GST/HST on imported goods and some domestic goods. This program is intended to benefit export-oriented businesses that store or process imported goods to add limited value to them and then re-export those goods.
Learn more about Canada's FTZ programs here.

The Exporters of
Processing Services Program

Administered by the Canada Revenue Agency, the program relieves participants of the obligation to pay the GST/HST on imported goods belonging to non-residents, provided that these goods are imported for processing, distribution or storage and are subsequently exported.
Learn more about Canada's FTZ programs here.

THE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEAM

WINDSORESSEX ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

info@choosewindsoressex.com

519-255-9200

  • Canadian Businesses will benefit from Windsor–Essex Foreign Trade Zone Point

    Local businesses in the Windsor–Essex region benefit from new jobs and business opportunities as a result of the creation of the new Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Point.Learn More Here (PDF)

  • Overview of FTZ in Windsor-Essex

    The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (WEEDC) has applied for the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Point designation for the Windsor and Essex County region in collaboration with regional private and public stakeholders. FedDev has confirmed that WE EDC’s application has been approved. A formal announcement was made by The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario on July 31, 2017. Learn more about FTZ in Windsor-Essex here.

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