The specific time frames applicable to various application types can be found at https://enforcement.trade.gov/ftzpage/timing.html. The time frames are from the date the FTZ Board officially dockets the application.
Once the application has been approved by the FTZ Board, the operator must activate the site with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). There are three areas that CBP will review:
- Procedures manual, describing the inventory control and record keeping systems.
- Facility check and background checks on company officers.
- Employees who have access to records, and the written concurrence of the Grantee in cases where the operator requests activation.
FTZ regulations require the user and operator to then execute an agreement with the grantee.