Imperial Valley Foreign Trade Zone 257

The Imperial Valley Foreign Trade Zone (IVFTZ) is located within the City of Brawley, the City of Calexico, the City of Calipatria, the City of El Centro, and the unincorporated area of the Imperial County. The Foreign Trade Zone designation was awarded in October 2003 by the State of California

IVFTZ Benefits:

The FTZ was created to "expedite and encourage foreign commerce" in the United States for geographical areas, in or adjacent to Customs Ports of Entry. Merchandise of every description may be held in the Zone without being subject to Customs duties and other ad valorem taxes. Key benefits of the FTZ include:

  • Relief from inverted tariffs
  • Duty exemption on re-exports
  • Duty elimination on waste, scrap, and yield loss
  • Weekly Entry Savings
  • Duty Deferral

These types of tariff and tax relief’s are designed to lower the operation costs and enhance cost-competitiveness for U.S.-based companies engaged in international trade.

Alternative Site Framework (ASF)

ASF Public Notice

Current IVFTZ Operators:

The IVFTZ currently has two operators within its boundaries. Coppel, Inc. concentrates on purchasing and finding products from all over the country for their department store chains in Mexico.

The Warehouse Bonded Services dba Margarita Pimentel, is a 3rd party logistics company that provides logistical solutions and distribution services.

For more information you can contact:

Esperanza Colio Warren
Community & Economic Development Manager
IVFTZ #257 Manager
County of Imperial
Tel. (442) 265-1101
Fax: (442) 265-1118
esperanzacolio@co.imperial.ca.us