The establishment of free ports in the UK
Published Tuesday, October 9, 2018
A debate on the establishment of free ports in the UK will take place in Westminster Hall on Thursday 11 October 2018 at 1:30pm. This paper provides a brief overview of the subject, recent parliamentary material, press articles and further reading.
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- Free ports are generally understood to be designated areas inside a country geographically, but outside of that country’s established customs area, allowing manufacturing, warehousing and trade outside of the host country’s standard tariffs and export/import procedures.
- There are estimated to be 3,500 free ports in the world, employing 66 million people.
- There are no free ports in the UK, though there is one on the Isle of Man.
- Seven free ports operated in the UK at various points between 1984 and 2012; the remaining five closed in 2012.
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