The government is planning to create up to 10 free ports across the UK after Brexit.
They allow firms to import goods and then re-export them outside normal tax and customs rules.
The UK last had such zones in 2012 and Prime Minister Boris Johnson believes they could create jobs in “left-behind areas”.
Port of Southampton and Government launch UK first Port Economic Partnership
The Department for Transport (DfT), in partnership with ABP’s Port of Southampton, today launches the UK’s first Port Economic Partnership (PEP), an innovative initiative to create stronger links between ports and Government, to maximise long-term trade and economic growth. The Partnership will be launched at an event at London International..