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Foreign Trade Zone Overview
The U.S. Foreign Trade Zone Program is one of the nation’s earliest attempts to stimulate economic development and facilitate global trade and commerce.The U.S. Congress passed the Foreign Trade Zone Act in 1934.The Foreign Trade Zone program has enhanced global competitiveness for U.S.-based companies, particularly for firms engaged in manufacturing or production.

The City of San José received the Foreign Trade Zone grant of authority from the federal government in 1974 - the 18th Foreign Trade Zone established in the U.S.The City of San José contracts with San José Distribution Services, a private warehouse and logistics company, to operate the General Purpose Foreign Trade Zone.The General Purpose Zone is located at 2055 South Seventh Street, Suite A in San José’s Monterey Corridor industrial area.

As the grantee, the City of San José is responsible for administering the Foreign Trade Zone in Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties, and the southern part of Alameda and San Mateo counties.