Humber Freeport


Humber Freeport


About Humber Freeport

On the 3rd March the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the Humber was to gain Freeport status.

This followed a competitive bidding process which saw businesses from across the Humber area, as well as all four local authorities and two local enterprise partnerships come together to create a bid that proposes one of the most exciting economic transformations the area has ever seen.

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.

What is proposed
for the Humber?

Humber Freeport will take in a wide 45 kilometre area expanding across both banks of the Humber. Within the outer area there are two types of zones, each with different advantages aimed to stimulate economic growth. The two types are Customs Zones and Tax Zones.

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Who's involved?

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

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