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How we are changing the role of ports in the economy, whilst supporting fair work and the transition to net zero.

First published:
1 September 2022
Last updated:

The Freeport Programme in Wales offers an opportunity to harness Wales’s abundant economic potential.

We worked with the UK Government to design a freeport model, which delivers three main objectives:

  1. Promote regeneration and high quality job creation
  2. Establish the Freeport as a national hub for global trade and investment across the economy
  3. Foster an innovative environment

In return, businesses will benefit from being part of a special zone. This includes:

  • simplified customs procedures
  • relief on customs duties
  • tax benefits
  • development flexibility

The programme includes our policies on fair work and social partnership to ensure workers:

  • are fairly rewarded, heard and represented
  • can progress in a secure, healthy, and inclusive working environment
  • have their rights respected

A Welsh freeport must operate within:

  • the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015
  • the Welsh Government’s net zero commitments

Freeport Programme in Wales bidding prospectus

The Freeport Programme in Wales bidding prospectus is delivered in partnership by the Welsh Government and UK Government. It gives further details on the Welsh Freeport model and set out how bidders could apply in Wales. The deadline for applications was on 24 November 2022.

See the Freeport Programme in Wales: bidding prospectus.

Outcome of the Freeport Programme in Wales competition

On 23 March 2023, the UK and Welsh governments announced that Anglesey Freeport and Celtic Freeport have been successful in their bids to establish new Freeports. They will now move to the next stage of the process.

See the announcement: Wales’ new freeports unveiled

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