Meaning of “free port” in the English Dictionary

"free port" in English

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free portnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌfriː ˈpɔːt/ us /ˌfriː ˈpɔːrt/

Examples from literature

  • For José Medina's tobacco factories were built at a free port in French territory. 
  • Free ports exist in Germany and have existed for a long time, although Germany is a country with a protective tariff. 
  • It is a free port, and is the great grain mart of this particular part of the world. 
  • Shall there be a free port in one State and onerous duties in another? 
  • The fourth comes from Singapore, and is brought there to exchange for British manufactures by the native craft which frequent that free port. 

(Definition of “free port” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"free port" in Business English

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free portnoun [ C ]


TRANSPORT, TAX a port that charges little or no tax on goods that have been brought there temporarily from a foreign country before being transported to another country:

The UK set up six free ports in 1984, including Liverpool and Southampton.

→  free trade zone

(Definition of “free port” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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