trading nations, including the U.S and Ecuador, now have one
or more free-trade zones. Free-trade zones permit companies
to ship goods into a country and then export them to their
ultimate destination, without paying a duty (A duty, however,
is still paid when the goods reach their ultimate destination).
The nearly 150 free-trade zones in the U.S. and the four free-trade
zones in Ecuador are generally used for assembly, distribution,
manufacturing, and transshipping of goods.
S.A. is the company that administers Quito's Metropolitan
Free Trade Zone. Companies that operate within the trade zone
receive beneifts, such as tax exemption, infrastructure and
logistical advantages, and 24-7 security.