Foreign Trade Zone

Your Import/Export Advantage

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) is a dynamic, independent public authority, responsible for operating New England’s premier airport and seaport facilities, stimulating the local economy and facilitating international trade. You can depend on us to get your import and export cargo quickly and efficiently to your markets – whether in the U.S. or around the globe – to keep your costs competitive.

When you use a foreign trade zone (FTZ) like Massport’s FTZ # 27, you save time and money. That’s because within the FTZ, foreign goods are considered to be international commerce and not subject to U.S. Customs duties unless or until entered into the United States. In addition, raw materials, parts, and components can be admitted duty-free into an FTZ. Goods can then be assembled, manufactured, or processed – and the final product re-exported – without paying U.S. Customs duties. Some of the things a foreign trade zone allows you are: 

  • Weekly merchandise processing fee;
  • deferral or elimination of duties; and
  • manufacturing a product from foreign and/or domestic parts.

Massport’s general purpose FTZ # 27 consists of 129 acres conveniently located at various sites around Boston Harbor, easily accessible by highways I-93 and I-95, as well as the Massachusetts Turnpike and the Ted Williams and Sumner Tunnels. Because of its proximity to Logan International Airport and the public terminals in the Port of Boston, FTZ # 27 serves importers to the New England region and wider domestic markets as well as exporters to markets worldwide.

East Boston
There are three sites comprising 39 acres in and around Logan International Airport that cover assorted fuel farm facilities. Bosfuel, the FTZ operator of the East Boston/Logan Airport site, can be contacted through William J. Phelan, c/o Charter Brokerage Corp., Tel: (203) 840-7500.

12 Channel Street, South Boston
Just over two acres, it includes a nine-story building with 315,000 square feet located within the Boston Marine Industrial Park.

Boston Freight Terminals, 1 Harbor Street, South Boston
This 5-acre site within the Boston Marine Industrial Park consists of 150,000 square feet of warehouse space and approximately 2 acres of container yard. Boston Freight Terminals also operates a U.S. Customs bonded Container Freight Station, a U.S. Customs Central Examination Station, and a U.S. Customs General Order (G.O.) warehouse. The facility is strategically located within 1 mile of both Logan International Airport and Conley Marine Terminal, and within 2 miles of the Interstate highway system. Contact Neil Fitzpatrick, Tel: (617)912-4610.

Charlestown (Boston)
This site is the 62-acre Boston Autoport at Moran Terminal and Mystic Pier, a dedicated vehicle import/export processing terminal. It includes 250,000 square feet of indoor storage space and good highway connections. Contact Dennis Kraez, Tel: (800) 666-9007 ext.113.

International Cargo Port, 1 Black Falcon Avenue, Boston
Approximately 9 acres within Boston’s Marine Industrial Park, this is Boston’s largest waterfront intermodal transportation facility. It offers approximately 400,000 square feet of warehouse and related office space and use of the adjacent dock. Contact Maureen Ayers, Tel: (617)439-8989.

For more information, contact Massport's Maritime Department at (617) 946-4445, (800) 294-291 or email