Use the interactive map below to view Foreign Trade Zone and Enterprise Zone boundaries for San Diego County. Boundary layers can be turned on/off using the “Layers” button. 

Use the Find Address feature to see if your business address is located within the zones. Click on the  for contact information on organizations/agencies that provide international trade assistance or assistance with these incentive zones.

Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) provide special benefits to businesses that operate within it’s boundaries including:

  • Duty Deferral – Delayed payment of duties on goods that enter the U.S. market
  • Duty Exemption – No duties on or quota charges on imported goods that are later re-exported
  • Inverted Tariff – Manufacturing-specific benefits – with case-by-case approval by the FTZ Board – that can include reduction of duties if a lower tariff rate applies to the finished product leaving the zone than the tariff rates that would have applied on foreign components.
  • Logistical Benefits – Reductions in merchandise processing fees because zone users may be able to file a single customs “entry” (and pay a single fee) per week rather than making multiple entries during the course of a week
  • Other Benefits – Elimination of duties on waste, scrap and rejected or defective parts
For more information on the Foreign Trade Zone program, visit http://www.sandiego.gov/economic-development/sandiego/trade/tradezone.shtml
Enterprise Zones
An Enterprise Zone (EZ) is a defined geographic area in which businesses can claim certain state income tax savings and other advantages. Enterprise Zones were created in California to stimulate business investments in areas that are economically disadvantage and to spur job growth in area of high unemployment.
Enterprise Zone Benefits Have Changed
The Governor’s 2013 Economic Development Initiative brought about significant changes to business incentives under the former Enterprise Zone program. Benefits under the new California Competes program include:
  • Manufacturing Equipment Sales & Use Tax Exemption
  • Employment Credit – For hiring new employees from targeted areas and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Income Tax Credit – Based on number of jobs created/retained, amount of investment in the area, and economic impact
View the presentations below for additional information on benefits and incentives of the Governor’s 2013 Economic Development Initiative
 
 
Additional Enterprise Zone benefits from the City of San Diego include:
  • The Enterprise Zone Job Referral Service will assist with recruitment and pre-screening for new employees at no cost and will provide the necessary verification for you to claim tax credits on their wages.
  • City staff can expedite permit applications and serve as liaison with other City departments.
  • Certain development fees may be reduced or waived.
  • New development projects located in the City’s Enterprise Zones are eligible for direct assistance by the City. Assistance includes help in determining project application requirements, fast track permit processing, liaison help in the development process.
  • The City can provide an exemption from urban impact fees and housing trust fund fees.
For more information on the San Diego Enterprise Zone program, visit http://www.sandiego.gov/economic-development/industry/enterprisezones.shtml