Sedgwick County...working for you


  • Chief Financial Officer Lindsay Poe Rousseau

    Lindsay Poe Rousseau
    Chief Financial Officer

    525 N. Main, Suite 823
    Wichita, KS 67203
    p. 316.660.7591

Foreign Trade Zone Benefits

It is the intent of the U.S. Foreign Trade Zone program to stimulate economic growth and development in the United States. The program was designed to promote American competitiveness by encouraging companies to maintain and expand their operations in the United States.

When you use an foreign trade zone, if the final product is imported into the United States, import tax or duty is due only at the time of transfer rather than taxing the individual parts, materials or components of the product. For companies in the import/export business, the advantages of using the Sedgwick County Foreign Trade Zone are plentiful. Tenant companies can:

  • Purchase commodities at world prices

  • Enhance cash flow

  • Achieve major savings in production equipment

  • Reduce cargo insurance costs

  • Transfer merchandise to other foreign trade zones without tariff

  • Discard damaged goods and waste without duty

  • Display sample goods for buyers before duty is paid

  • Reduce tariffs on foreign components by combining with American components into a finished product

  • Store, test, display, manipulate, mix, process and re-export free of duty or excise tax

Increase Your Profits

Economic and operational benefits flow to the company using a foreign trade zone in the form of lower costs, increased cash flow, better access to operating capital and improved competitive position. Whether your business is considering locating in Sedgwick County, or is already here, we encourage you to investigate the benefits of using our foreign trade zone. A detailed analysis is available on a case-by-case basis.

Why Sedgwick County?

Sedgwick County is the most populous county in Kansas, with close to 450,000 residents. More than 60 percent of general aviation aircraft now flying in the free world are produced in Sedgwick County. Because of the influence of aircraft manufacturing, the county offers a highly skilled and highly technologically advanced employment base.

Sedgwick County...working for you

The Mission of Sedgwick County is to provide quality public services to our community so everyone can pursue freedom and prosperity in a safe, secure, and healthy environment.