Free Ports provide special freedoms to trade, within a specific area around a major port. Free Port status supports the expansion of international trade by offering exemptions from certain operational, regulatory and customs requirements. There are different models of Free Ports, which have operated successfully in many countries around the world.
Establishing a Free Port in Tees Valley is a key priority of Mayor Ben Houchen. In January 2018, he launched a campaign to look at the creation of a Free Zone as a test case for the UK, backed by more than local 50 leading employers in the area, including Hitachi Rail, Sirius Minerals, Liberty Steel and Quorn Foods.
The Mayor has commissioned a report to identify the potential a free port could offer to the Tees Valley economy. To read the report, please click here.