by Cathy O'Connor, via The Journal Record: November 23, 2016
Oklahoma City is one of 230 designated Foreign-Trade Zones in the United States and competes with other major cities such as Dallas, San Francisco, and New York City to encourage businesses to establish import and export operations in our market. FTZ No. 106 covers 22 counties and is a regional economic development tool used by the city.
Companies that acquire FTZ designation are for customs purposes considered outside the United States. That way, internationally oriented companies that import goods, perform a manufacturing process or somehow change the raw product for resale have a better competitive edge.