Q&A: Coach supply chain expert discusses the benefits of using JAXPORT’s foreign trade zone

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Oct 20, 2020 | Cargo Blog
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By: Chelsea Kavanagh, Public Information Officer, JAXPORT

While many global companies are facing logistics challenges and even scaling back expansion plans due to coronavirus, New York-based fashion retailer Coach continues to successfully adapt its unique business model to meet customers’ needs in the era of ecommerce and direct-to-consumer sales.

Coach, a leading design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle collections, has been a user of JAXPORT’s Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) No. 64 for more than two decades.

Using an FTZ allows shippers to reduce, delay or eliminate import fees through more efficient filings.

This fall, Coach is set to undergo a large expansion of its Jacksonville facility and foreign trade zone footprint. The company will open a new nearly 200,000 square-foot warehouse near its existing North Jacksonville warehouse, bringing the company’s total FTZ-activated warehousing space in Jacksonville to nearly 725,000 sq. ft.

JAXPORT sat down with Ileana Klepeisz, FTZ Manager for Tapestry Inc., the parent company of Coach, to discuss how JAXPORT’s FTZ is helping Coach find logistics success during this time, as well as her advice to other businesses looking to streamline cash flow using an FTZ.

QUESTION: HOW HAS USING JAXPORT’S FTZ No. 64 BENEFITED COACH?

As a company with a global supply chain and distribution network, the greatest benefit is flexibility.

We can easily move products across international borders without the issue of double taxation via import duties. Not paying duty for exports is a lot easier than paying it and trying to recover it via a drawback process.

Reduced and deferred fees and duty deferment are also important benefits.

Q: WHEN CORONAVIRUS TRIGGERED NATIONWIDE RETAIL SHUTDOWNS EARLIER THIS YEAR, COACH ACTIVATED 35,000 ADDITIONAL SQUARE FEET OF TEMPORARY FTZ SPACE. THE APPLICATION WAS APPROVED BY CUSTOMS AND THE FTZ BOARD WITHIN A WEEK. HOW IMPORTANT WAS THE TIMELY APPROVAL?

It was critical. You can’t really stop a large supply chain on a dime.  We needed extra space to store product, while also minimizing costs such as duties and demurrage.  Getting additional FTZ space activated at an existing off-site location gave us a lot more flexibility in addressing the situation at a time when every penny counts.

Q: WHAT HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE BEEN LIKE WORKING WITH JAXPORT?

JAXPORT has been a reliable partner for years and has helped introduce us to other local trusted service partners. JAXPORT works to bring solutions to help facilitate trade and business.  Supporting international trade in Jacksonville creates valuable jobs here and helps make the area an important logistics center.

Q: WHAT HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE BEEN LIKE WITH THE FTZ APPROVAL PROCESS?

We have used the Alternate Site Framework (ASF) a few times when we’ve needed additional off-site FTZ capacity.  The experiences have been fast and relatively easy to manage.

(Editor’s note: the ASF allows Northeast Florida companies to integrate into the FTZ program while operating in their existing location.)

Q: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHER BUSINESSES CONSIDERING USING FTZ NO. 64?

Operating in an FTZ distribution environment can bring a lot of value and flexibility to companies, depending on their supply chain.  However, there are strict compliance obligations that must be met. 

The benefits come with responsibility.  It helps to have strong partners in your grantee (JAXPORT) and local Customs. I can’t say enough about how great all of our partners here in Jacksonville have been to help us figure out solutions during this time.

For more information about JAXPORT’s FTZ No. 64, contact FTZ Manager Debbie Lofberg

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Debbie Lofberg

MANAGER, FOREIGN TRADE ZONE

(904) 357-3072 | Deborah.Lofberg@JAXPORT.com

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