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New UK Treasury Minister Announces Ten-Week Consultation to Rapidly Establish 10 Free-Ports

17th February 2020
Tanker Thun London departing the Milford Haven Waterway in Wales (a proposed UK Free-Port). The 20,499 cargo capacity newbuild launched last year is from a series of chemical tankers ordered by a Swedish lake based shipping group, which are regular callers to Dublin Port where the new vessel is berthed today. Tanker Thun London departing the Milford Haven Waterway in Wales (a proposed UK Free-Port). The 20,499 cargo capacity newbuild launched last year is from a series of chemical tankers ordered by a Swedish lake based shipping group, which are regular callers to Dublin Port where the new vessel is berthed today. Photo: Graypen Ltd / Port of Milford Haven -facebook

Ports in the UK, once designated as freeports, will have no domestic taxes levied on any goods within them, according to a Multimodal news update.

Taxes will only be levied when a product leaves the freeport, and enters the rest of the UK.

This has the effect of encouraging international business to come to the UK to process or store goods with little to no red tape, bringing jobs and investment in the mainly coastal communities that have been neglected during the UK’s membership of the EU. Ten are set to be designated by the end of the year.

OrderOrder has more to report on the story and on the industry leaders which have already started lobbying for freeport status.

Afloat adds among the freeports proposed is an Atlantic freeport in Wales located on the Milford Haven Waterway. Where (pictured above) is tanker, Thun London (18,650 deadweight) one of five new chemical product tankers for a Swedish lake based shipping group.

Thun London, Afloat also adds yesterday completed a passage from the Welsh waterway (incl. Pembroke Dock) to Dublin Port where the new vessel remains berthed today.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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