Freeports: A new generation, from vision to reality

After a consultation with industry between February and July this year, the UK government has confirmed that sea, air and rail ports in England are invited to bid for “freeport status” before the end of this year, with freeports ready to open by the end of 2021. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said that “our new freeports will create national hubs for trade, innovation and commerce, regenerating communities across the UK and supporting jobs”. The government is also working “constructively and collaboratively” with the devolved administrations across the UK to establish “at least one freeport” in each nation of the UK. The Bidding Process for locations to become a Freeport in England will open by the end of 2020.

So, what is a freeport? Is this just a vision – or will it become a reality?
What are the benefits and what are the risks? IBMATA is delighted to host an online webinar

on 12 November 2020 from 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm UK time

with a distinguished expert panel of speakers.