Open Consultation on New UK Freeports

The government is working to boost economic activity across the UK, ensuring that towns, cities and regions across the country can begin to benefit from the opportunities of leaving the EU. As part of this work, they aims to create up to 10 Freeports in locations across the UK.

The government wants to establish Freeports, which have different customs rules than the rest of the country, that are innovative hubs, boost global trade, attract inward investment and increase productivity. In doing so, they want Freeports to generate employment opportunities to the benefit of some of the most deprived communities around the UK.

The government has the following objectives for UK Freeports:

  • Establish Freeports as national hubs for global trade and investment across the UK.
  • Promote regeneration and job creation.
  • Create hotbeds for innovation.
  • The government has drawn on evidence from successful Freeports around the world to develop a UK Freeport model. The proposed model includes tariff flexibility, customs facilitations and tax measures. We are also considering planning reforms, additional targeted funding for infrastructure improvements, and measures to incentivise innovation.

To support this work, the Department of International Trade are running a formal consultation to understand your thoughts on the UK’s plans for Freeports. They aim to feed your views into the policy development process.

They want all the nations of the UK to be able to share in the benefits of Freeports. As such, they intend to work with the Devolved Administrations to develop proposals that would enable the creation of Freeports in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, in addition to those in England.

So take part in the consultation today, share your views and have an impact on the development process for this exciting opportunity for the UK.
Please see the PDF below for the official Freeports Consultation document from the Department of International Trade.

For any further queries on guidance or accessibility, please email Freeports@trade.gov.uk.

This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 20 April 2020.

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