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CVC Forum: Foreign Trade Zone- Saving Money and Improving Efficiencies

CVC Forum: Foreign Trade Zone- Saving Money and Improving Efficiencies

Joseph Hedges for a deep dive into international affairs through the role of International Program Manager.

Date: June 30, 2021 Time: 4:00 - 5:30 Zoom
Enhancing the Global Competitiveness of

Companies Operating in the U.S.

  • What is a Foreign Trade Zone?
  • How Can a Business Save Money and Improve Efficiencies by Using a FTZ or Operating as a FTZ Subzone
  • Activities Typically Conducted in a FTZ
  • The Application and Activation Process to Operate Your Company Site as a Foreign Trade Zone
  • Key FTZ Industries 
  • How a Foreign Trade Zone Can Advance Manufacturing, Trade and Employment in the U.S.
  • Role of Foreign Trade Zones Board, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Local Grantee





Joseph Hedges
International Affairs Manager City of San Jose Office of Economic Development
Joseph Hedges has been with the City of San Jose Office of Economic Development since 1991. In his position as International Program Manager, he oversees a variety of international programs, including the Foreign Trade Zone, retention and attraction initiatives for international businesses, and manages the city’s relationships with international cities and foreign embassies and consulates. Most recently, he has worked with the City’s Airport on air service development to increase domestic and international flights at the San Jose International Airport. He has planned and implemented several City economic development missions to Asia, Europe, and Latin America to advance San Jose’s economic interests across the globe. Prior to joining the City, he planned and implemented several largescale international business, trade and legal conferences in Japan, China, Russia, and the U.S.


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