International Trade

If you’re expanding globally, Denver is the perfect location for your business. Denver’s central location in the US means you can talk to someone in Asia or Europe in the same business day. As a regional and national business center for both private and public organizations in the United States, the Mile High City has become one of the most important communication, transportation and distribution hubs regionally, nationally and globally. Located midway between New York and Los Angeles, and between Europe and the Pacific Rim, Denver offers excellent access to the world.

Foreign Trade Zone

Whether your business imports or exports, or both, the City and County of Denver can help. The City and County of Denver is the grantee of Northern Colorado’s two general use Foreign Trade Zones. The original site is located near the old Stapleton airport and is operated by Aspen Distribution, Inc. The newer location is located the Worldport @ DIA and is minutes from our world-class Denver International Airport.

A Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) is a site within the U.S. that is considered by federal government to be outside Customs territory.
  • No formal entry is required of foreign merchandise brought into the FTZ.
  • Importers can choose to pay duty on the item as it was when it entered the FTZ or, if it has changed within the FTZ, one may opt to pay duty based on its status when it actually enters the U.S.
  • Duties and internal revenue tax are not payable until merchandise is imported.
  • Processing, assembly, repackaging, manufacturing, inspecting and labeling are possible within the FTZ.
  • Quota restrictions do not apply.
  • Merchandise can be re-exported or destroyed without ever incurring Customs duties.

You may if you do two or more of the following things:

  • Import goods with a high duty rate.
  • Import and export goods.
  • Add value through assembly, manufacturing, packaging, etc.
  • Combine foreign and domestic goods 

For high volume, high tariff distributors, the City and County of Denver can assist you with an application for a specific use subzone status at your manufacturing off-zone facilities. Applications for subzone status must demonstrate a significant public benefit for approval. http://ia.ita.doc.gov/ftzpage/sz-application.html

For more information on how your business can benefit from being located in a FTZ Subzone, contact an International Trade Specialist at (720) 913-1999.

Trade Resources

To take advantage of Denver’s strategic location for international business, there are a number of local resources available to assist you.

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
COEDIT offers regional specialization, with an overseas office in Guadalajara, Mexico and honorary trade offices in Japan, Argentina, Germany, Brazil and Switzerland. COEDIT also has a contractual arrangement with the US Department of Commerce for services in Canada and Peru.  

US Export Assistance Center
The US Department of Commerce operates local export assistance centers in every major city of the world. The Denver center offers specialization by industry and can assist with export issues worldwide. 

World Trade Center Denver
The World Trade Center Denver is a nonprofit, membership organization that provides international programs and services. The WTC Denver is part of a worldwide network of nearly 300 World Trade Centers in 75 countries. 

Foreign Consulates in Denver 
Denver is home to six fully-staffed consulates and boasts an honorary consular corps of over 30 representatives.
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