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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 plan is delivered in partnership with the UK Government.

See the plan on GOV.UK: Freeport Programme in Wales: bidding prospectus

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