Established in 1989, the Greater Knoxville Foreign Trade Zone (#148) operates under a Grant of Authority from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board, International Trade Administration. The Grantee is The Industrial Development Board of Blount County, and the Cities of Alcoa and Maryville, TN, which work cooperatively with the region’s economic development agencies.

In 2013, our zone was reorganized under the FTZ Board’s Alternative Site Framework which allows new and existing companies to establish “User-driven Sites” anywhere within our zone’s Service Area.  The Knoxville FTZ also has three “Magnet Sitespre-approved by the FTZ Board, where companies may locate and more expeditiously operate under zone procedures without applying for a User-driven Site.

As required by the FTZ Board, our zone operates under public utility principles and fees, policies and procedures detailed in our Zone Schedule.

If you are new to the FTZ Program, we suggest you visit the Helpful Links for organizations you will need to contact to learn more about the Program.  These links will explain how to apply for approval to establish and operate a zone site and otherwise provide answers to frequently asked questions.

We invite you to Contact Us to help us understand your needs and discuss how our FTZ can assist your company become more competitive in the international marketplace.