Prospective businesses have various options in FTZ 68, they are: 

  1. Use a 3rd Party Logistics Warehouse that offers FTZ services (Interested party should contact 3PL directly for rates, See list in About FTZ No. 68)
  2. Activation of a Distribution Facility in the General Purpose Zone. 
    1. Prospective business can be set up as an FTZ User where a company operates under the Customs bond of the City ( Fees are based on transaction activity)
    2. Prospective business if owner of goods can activate as its own Distribution Operator (annual fee based)


Contact FTZ Coordinator

Dennis Melonas
501 George Perry, Suite i
El Paso, TX  79925
(915) 771-6016


Activation checklist

  • Contact the Grantee/Operator to discuss the intended processes and procedures desired for implementation
  • Fill out and return the FTZ Activation Information Sheet to FTZ No. 68 office.
  • Complete a Firm File Application and submit to CBP to ensure the company has an active import or custodial bond and importer number assigned
  • Provide a list of key personnel to CBP to conduct a background investigation, and general employee list for all others working in the activated area
  • Prepare a Procedures Manual
  • Obtain a FTZ Bond (surety bond) for the benefit of the City. Also a CBP bond based on the type of User or Operator bond required by CBP.
  • Provide a Certificate of Insurance with the City as an additional insured on User’s General Liability and Automobile Policies, amounts on each policy are $500,000 for bodily injury or death and $100,000 for property damage for each occurrence
  • Pay activation fee to the City of El Paso
  • Submit a letter to FTZ Operator requesting activation and sign a FTZ Operator or User Agreement