1st Edition

Freeports and Free Zones Operations and Regulation in the Global Economy

By Mark Rowbotham Copyright 2022
    306 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Informa Law from Routledge

    306 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Informa Law from Routledge

    306 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Informa Law from Routledge

    This book explains the definition, concepts, practices and procedures of Free Zone operations; how they are created, how they operate, and their benefits to the global and national economy.

    Readers will be able to understand why Free Zones exist, their role in the development and maintenance of international trade, and how they contribute to national and global economic development and wellbeing, especially in developing nations. The author explains the processes in the establishment of Free Zones, and how government legislation and initiatives assist in this process. The book comprehensively but accessibly covers the topics of Freeports, Free Zones, Export Processing Zones (EPZs) and Special Economoic Zones (SEZs), as well as issues such as Customs requirements, Free Zone law and government initiatives, including the new UK Freeport initiative. It analyses the role of such Zones in global economic development and considers the challenges and issues related to Free Zone development and operation, including security and potential crime. The book also provides a series of case studies into selected global examples of Free Zones, EPZs and SEZs.

    Freeports and Free Zones will have a broad readership, being of interest to global economic, fiscal and government institutions, policymakers, legal practitioners and advisers, economic and business advisers, port and airport authorities and major multinational enterprises. It will be especially relevant to the food, automotive, defence, manufacturing, logistics, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), pharmaceutical, aviation and maritime industries.

    Part 1

    1. Introduction and Background

    2. Free Zone History and Overview

    3. Overall Definition and Purpose

    4. Fiscal and Legal Status

    5. Specific Zone Definitions, Location and Comparisons

    6. Customs Clearance

    7. Rules of Origin and Freeports

    8. Business Clustering and Economic Development

    9. Tax Incentives, Duty Deferral Savings and the Supply Chain

    10. Financial and Service Free Zones

    11. WEPZA

    12. Free Zone Security and Risk

    13. The Political Perspective

    14. Sustainability and the Future

    15. Challenges and Secrets to Success

    16. The UK Perspective

    17. Conclusions

    Part 2: Specific Global Free Zone Examples

    1. North America

    2. Latin America

    3. Middle East and North America (MENA)

    4. European Union

    5. Russia

    6. Asean (South-East Asia)

    7. China

    8. UK Freeport Initiatives 

    Appendix 1. UK Free Zones: Proposed Guidelines

    Appendix 2. UK Freeport Operations Applicant Questionnaire


    Mark Rowbotham is an international consultant, trainer and writer in Customs and VAT Compliance and Risk issues, as well as other areas including International Trade, Excise, Export Controls, Oil & Gas Offshore and Marine issues.