Operator. Operator is a corporation, partnership, or person that operates a zone or subzone under the terms of an agreement with the zone grantee. Where used in this part, the term operator also applies to a grantee that operates its own zone.
19 CFR § 146.1
The following words, defined in section 1 of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act of 1934, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a), are given the same meaning when used in this part, unless otherwise stated: Board, Grantee, and Zones.