The Greater Rochester, NY Region is strategically located in the Finger Lakes Region of Western NY on route I-90, with close proximity to major northeast trading centers such as Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Washington, DC.
On a per capita basis, our region is among the top 25 major metropolitan exporting regions. Rochester also accounts for 6.3% of all New York State exports. (source: International Trade Administration)
There are two General Purpose Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ) in the Greater Rochester, NY Region designed to assist local companies engaged in international trade-related activities. They offer the following benefits:
- Elimination of duties on items exported directly from FTZ
- Elimination of duty drawback
- Reduction of duties/tariff inversion - allowing for the payment of duties on final products versus raw materials components
- Quota handling
- Reduction of weekly entry
- Duty deferral - duty only assessed when entered into commerce
- Less initial cash outlay
- Partial draw allowing you to use only what you need
- No time limit on merchandise to be stored in the FTZ
The Rochester Region's Foreign Trade Zones are located in Genesee County and Monroe County. Check out this FTZ Savings Calculator and learn how your business can benefit from a Foreign Trade Zone
Rochester is a Port of Entry, managing more than 7,000 import transactions per year with lower fees and shorter clearance times than East Coast ports, including New York City. All types of transactions are managed through this port from small packages to multi-million machinery.
As a mid-sized city we have an average clearance time of 2 hours. This provides local companies with significant time and money savings when compared with New York City's clearance time of up to 72 hours. In addition, our entry fees are much lower than major East Coast ports such as New York City or Boston. Click here to learn more about international trade occurring in the Rochester Region and our affiliate organization International Business Council of Greater Rochester.
Among the services GRE can provide are:
- Compliance assessment & training (EAR/ITAR)
- Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) assessment and feasibility FTZ Comparison chart
- Letter of Credit processing and documentation assistance
GRE hosts specialized seminars and other events on key issues of interest to those businesses seeking expansion opportunities in the global marketplace.
New York State ranked third in 2012 among top exporting states, behind Texas and California. Rochester accounted for 6.3% of New York's merchandise exports and is the second largest exporting region in the state.
On a per capita basis, our region is among the top 25 major metropolitan exporting regions.
(source: International Trade Administration)
Rochester Metro's Top Trading Partners:
Brookings Institution analysis shows Rochester, NY has $3.68 billion in trade activity with Canada and Mexico.
ROCHESTER METRO EXPORT DATA
|Source: U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration