“I can summarize in one word how (we) feel witnessing the job
the Evans team did…WOW!”
As the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of premium adult beverages the holiday season is critical to success for this whisky distiller. Products that people want must be on the shelves or sales targets for the entire year can be missed. With a window of opportunity so brief yet so important, errors or delays can be disastrous.
To help manage this most important time of year, the company relies on Evans Distribution Systems to provide custom packing, inspection, warehousing and transportation services for point-of-sale packaging programs of their product. This is the largest selling Canadian whisky in the world, and during the holidays the spirit is sold in a variety of premium packages with collectable, hand-blown glassware. Evans brings the pieces together for final assembly: the whisky comes in from Canada, the packaging arrives from New York, and the glassware is shipped from the Orient. The components are joined by Evans via value-added premium packaging lines; they are custom assembled, warehoused onsite, and shipped to regional distribution centers according to a precise schedule.
One of the keys to delivering the program for our customer is an onsite Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) within the Evans warehouse. The FTZ is a secured area legally outside U.S. Customs territory. No duty is paid on imported goods until they leave the zone, and no duty is ever paid on goods that are re-exported. And there’s no time limit on how long items may be stored inside an FTZ. For the customer, the FTZ offers a few distinct advantages:
- Cash flow savings by delaying payment of duties and excise taxes until goods leave the zone
- Foreign and domestic goods can be intermingled
- Goods can be released immediately, unlike bonded storage which can require 48 hours.