Target: Complete Construction of Customs Facility at Tallahassee International Airport by 2024.
The International Processing Facility (IPF) is a multi-year, $28 million project that will be a major economic driver for the entire region. This is a key project in the City of Tallahassee’s Five-Year Strategic Plan to enhance and modernize infrastructure to enable capacity for continued growth and increase the Airport’s annual economic impact to $1 billion. Initial planning for the IPF began in 2014 and is part of the TLH Master Plan approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and Florida Department of Transportation.
This terminal expansion will allow TLH to accommodate international flights and provide for goods to be shipped to and received from destinations worldwide. The 40,000 square foot addition will house a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)-approved international Port of Entry and a Federal Inspection Services (FIS) Facility that will serve both commercial air service and general aviation needs at TLH.
Construction of the IPF is slated for completion in third quarter of 2024. Upon completion of this facility, Tallahassee will become Northwest Florida’s connection to global markets, further positioning itself as a competitive, innovative, and sustainable economic hub. To align with the opening of the IPF, TLH will be home to a fully operational Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) with CBP oversight that will serve up to an 11-county region, subject to approval by the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board and CBP. The new Zone will encourage international commerce, stimulate the economy, increase regional job opportunities, and bolster the global market competitiveness of the Northwest and North Central Florida Region. The FTZ will boost employment, investment, and business activity that might otherwise be located overseas. A significant catalyst for economic growth, the Zone is projected to create over 1,600 jobs over the next ten years and generate more than $300M in annual economic impact once full maturity is reached in 2034.
On May 17, 2022, community members, City of Tallahassee leaders, and industry partners gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new International Processing Facility at Tallahassee International Airport (TLH).
Tallahassee International Airport. Last updated: January 2024.