More than 480,000 people were employed in 1,200 active FTZ operations during that year.
Also, the value of shipments to the zones totaled more than $835 billion, up from nearly $625 billion the previous year.
About 65% of the shipments received in the zones were domestic status merchandise.
The levels of domestic status merchandise used by FTZ operations (77% for production operations and 49% for warehousing/distribution operations) indicate that FTZ activity tends to involve domestic operations that include significant domestic inputs along with foreign inputs.
At the same time, warehousing/distribution operations received over $369 billion in goods, while production operations received over $465 billion (56% of zone activity).
The most important sectors of production activity in the zone are: pharmaceuticals, petroleum refining, automotive, electronics, and machinery/equipment.
Free trade zones
Exports from facilities operating under free trade zone procedures amounted to more than US$123 billion.
To consider: export figures do not include certain indirect exports involving FTZ goods that undergo further processing in the United States at non-Free Trade Zone facilities prior to export.