The U.S. Foreign-Trade Zone Board has ranked Rickenbacker International Airport and surrounding industrial facilities 7th out of 177 active U.S. Foreign Trade Zones for the volume of merchandise imported during 2013.

The U.S. Foreign-Trade Zone Board has ranked Rickenbacker International Airport and surrounding industrial facilities 7th out of 177 active U.S. Foreign Trade Zones for the volume of merchandise imported during 2013.

The board's 75th Annual Report to Congress reported that $6.3 billion in various merchandise was warehoused and distributed through Rickenbacker's Foreign Trade Zone #138 last year. Goods can be moved through Foreign Trade Zones duty-free and without customs procedures.

FTZ #138 at Rickenbacker serves 25 counties in central Ohio including Franklin and all contiguous counties.

The report ranks Ohio 8th in the nation by total value of merchandise received and 21st in the nation for FTZ exporting. According to JobsOhio, Ohio has 10 active Foreign Trade Zones.

In addition to Rickenbacker, they are the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority; the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority; the Greater Cincinnati FTZ; Greater Dayton Foreign Trade Zone; the Airborne FTZ in Wilmington/Clinton County; Greater Findley FTZ; the Northeast Ohio Trade and Economic Consortium; the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority, and the Lawrence County Port Authority.

No other FTZs in Ohio ranked among the top 25 importers cited in the board's congressional report. The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority was ranked 17th in exporting among the nation's Foreign Trade Zones, the only Ohio FTZ to make that list.