Jobs promise

UK government unveils plans for 10 free ports across UK

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Ten free ports are to be launched across Britain with UK government ministers promising they will create thousands of jobs.

The Government has launched a consultation process aimed at naming the locations of the free ports by the end of the year so that they can be open for business in 2021.

Goods brought in to free ports would be free of tariffs until they enter the domestic market, with no duty payable if they are re-exported.

Free ports could be located inland as well as adjacent to ports , the Government said.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak said: “Free ports will unleash the potential in our proud historic ports, boosting and regenerating communities across the UK as we level up.

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