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Will I eventually have to pay duty on foreign merchandise admitted into the zone?

Foreign-trade zones are part of a duty deferral program. Generally, payment of duties and excise taxes on foreign merchandise admitted to a zone will be deferred until the goods are transferred from the zone to the Customs territory for consumption. Merchandise may be manufactured or changed in condition while in the zone, substantially lowering the duties eventually paid; merchandise may be permanently stored, destroyed, or exported, eliminating, in most cases, the need to pay duties and excise taxes.