Humber Freeport


Humber Freeport


About Humber Freeport

A global gateway for international trade and investment

Humber Freeport will accelerate the region as a world-leading hub for renewable energy, clean growth, digital innovation and advanced manufacturing.

The Humber is centred around the UK’s busiest port complex. The four major ports of Hull, Goole, Immingham and Grimsby handle around 17 per cent of the nation’s trade, and play a vital strategic role for the UK as a global trade gateway.

Freeport status will inject £650m of investment into the Humber, providing a catalyst for future investment, job growth, regeneration, decarbonisation and innovation.

With global investment opportunities in sectors including green energy, chemicals, logistics, advanced manufacturing and technology, Humber Freeport will combine the public and private sectors to drive economic transformation.

What is a Freeport?

Freeports are a special kind of port where normal tax and customs rules do not apply. These can be airports as well as maritime ports. At a freeport, imports can enter with simplified customs documentation and without paying tariffs. Businesses operating inside designated areas in and around the port can manufacture goods using the imports and add value, before exporting again without ever facing the full tariffs or procedures.

If the goods move out of the freeport into another part of the country, however, they have to go through the full import process, including paying any tariffs.

Freeports are similar to free zones, or ‘enterprise zones’, which are designated areas subject to a broad array of special regulatory requirements, tax breaks and government support. The difference is that a freeport is designed to specifically encourage businesses that import, process and then re-export goods, rather than more general business support or regeneration objectives.

Freeports are intended to stimulate economic activity in their designated areas. The main intention is to attract inward investment to build new facilities such as manufacturers or research and development facilities which bring jobs to an area, taking advantage of the incentives of being inside the Freeport zone.

Watch our launch event video

Humber Freeport officially launched at Associated British Ports’ Pump House at the Port of Hull. We worked with Hull-based filmmaker Nova Studios to capture all the action.

Who's involved?

These organisations have so far been involved in Humber Freeport.
There is opportunity for much more too.

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