Aug 09 2021
In the 2021 Budget, the Chancellor announced the locations of eight freeports that would be opened before the end of the year, including in Teesside, Plymouth, Liverpool and the East Midlands.
These secure customs zones are located around ports (sea or air) and operate different customs rules to the rest of the UK. Such zones enable governments to offer customs benefits and tax incentives to businesses to encourage economic growth in specific areas.
Although the UK has previously had some freeports, now that UK has left the EU, the government has greater freedom to design the scheme and make the tax incentives more attractive.
In the new iteration of freeports, each site can have a diameter of 45km and can include up to three tax sites within which businesses are eligible for a number of tax incentives.