Analysis: How do Free Ports work from a customs' perspective?

The UK has set out further details around how it will create a number of Freeports across the UK, which are set to start operations in 2022 and cover sea, air and rail ports in England.

How does it work in a nutshell?

A firm can import goods into a Freeport without paying tariffs, process them into a final good and then either pay a tariff on goods sold into the domestic market, or export the final goods without paying UK tariffs.

The Freeports are set to benefit from:

  • a package of tax reliefs on investment by businesses within Freeport tax sites

  • simplified customs procedures and duty suspensions on goods

To be more specific,


  • goods entering a Freeport customs site will be eligible for.....

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