Free economic zone

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Geographic locations of the Free Economic Zones as of 2012.

Free economic zones (FEZ), free economic territories (FETs) or free zones (FZ) are a class of special economic zone (SEZ) designated by the trade and commerce administrations of various countries. The term is used to designate areas in which companies are taxed very lightly or not at all to encourage economic activity. The taxation rules are determined by each country. The World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM) has content on the conditions and benefits of free zones.

Some special economic zones are called free ports. Sometimes they have historically been endowed with favorable customs regulations such as the free port of Trieste. In recent years the free port system has been accused of facilitating international art crime, allowing stolen artworks to remain undetected in storage for decades.[1]

Definition[edit]

According to the 1999 Revised Kyoto Convention, a "'free zone' means a part of the territory of a contracting party where any goods introduced are generally regarded, insofar as import duties and taxes are concerned, as being outside the customs territory."[2]

History[edit]

An early type of special economic zone was free ports, these historically were endowed with favorable customs regulations. In modern times free port has come to mean a specific type of special economic zone, for example LADOL. All "free ports" in the world are permitted by the respective States, save the Free Port of Trieste that with the signing of the 16th Resolution of the Security Council of the United Nations (10 January 1947) and the signing of the Treaty of Peace with Italy (10 February 1947, ratified 15 September 1947) were put territorially under the sovereignty of the United Nations itself. As cited on Annex VIII, Article 3 paragraph 2: "The establishment of special zones in the Free Port under the exclusive jurisdiction of any State is incompatible with the status of the Free Territory and of the Free Port". For example it is not possible to apply the "Italian Law on Ports" in the extraterritorial free zones of the UN Free Port of Trieste with the effect that all actual territorial concessions are null and void.

List of free economic zones by country[edit]

Albania[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Armenia[edit]

Bangladesh[edit]

Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority

Belarus[edit]

Brazil[edit]

Bulgaria[edit]

Chile[edit]

China[edit]

Egypt[edit]

  • Port Said Public Free Zone
  • Alexandria Public Free Zone
  • Nasr City Public Free Zone
  • Suez Public Free Zone
  • Ismailia Public Free Zone
  • Damietta Public Free Zone
  • Media Public Free Zone
  • Shebin El- Kom Public Free Zone
  • Qeft Public Free Zone
  • Port Said East Port Public Free Zone

Georgia[edit]

Ghana[edit]

  • Tema, Free Zone Enclave

India[edit]

Iran[edit]

Iraq[edit]

Republic of Ireland[edit]

Italy[edit]

South Korea[edit]

Latvia[edit]

Lithuania[edit]

Nigeria[edit]

Macedonia[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

Moldova[edit]

Mongolia[edit]

Morocco[edit]

Export Processing Zone of Tangier[32]

Free Zones at Tanger Med Ksar el Majaz Mellousa 1 and 2

Free Zone in Dakhla and Laayoune

Free Storage Zone of hydrocarbons: Kebdana and Nador

Export Processing Zone in Kenitra

Norway[edit]

Oman[edit]

Pakistan[edit]

Peru[edit]

  • Tacna Free Economic Zone (Zona Franca de Tacna, in Spanish)[35]

Philippines[edit]

Qatar[edit]

Qatar has free zones and Special Economic Zones with differing laws on taxation and corporate ownership

Russia[edit]

In Russia there are only Special Economic Zones

Technical/Innovational Zones

Industrial/developmental Zones

Tourist Zones

Serbia[edit]

Spain[edit]

Somaliland[edit]

Tajikistan[edit]

Trieste, Free Territory[edit]

Turkey[edit]

Turkmenistan[edit]

Ukraine[edit]

United Arab Emirates[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

Vietnam[edit]

Yemen[edit]

See also[edit]

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