free port


Definition of free port

: an enclosed port or section of a port where goods are received and shipped free of customs duty

Examples of free port in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The action ranges from European watering holes to the New York townhouse of Imelda Marcos to the free port warehouses of Geneva and Singapore, where works of art, legally obtained and otherwise, can be discreetly traded. Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2022 That’s hard to miss here on the Kola Peninsula, where Murmansk is Russia’s only ice-free port with open-ocean access, and people in military uniform abound in the streets. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Oct. 2021 The Dunkirk duty-free port store is aimed at consumers looking to buy in bulk and expectations are high that volumes will be strong due to the substantial savings compared to U.K. local prices. Kevin Rozario, Forbes, 24 Oct. 2021 The Chinese central government is committed to ensuring that Hong Kong maintains its status as a free port and a separate customs territory, and at the same time focus on the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area (GBA). Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 People from Italy, Spain, Morocco, England and other diverse locations flocked to Gibraltar, drawn in by its free port and the promise of year-round employment that couldn’t be found in the nearby south of Spain, where jobs tended to be seasonal. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Oct. 2021 Murmansk, a region that features Russia’s only ice-free port with open ocean access, has lost about half its population in the past three decades as people head for southern climes and better opportunities. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Sep. 2021 In his adopted home state, Mr. Gravel played a key role in legislation to build the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, which brings crude oil from Alaska’s North Slope to the ice-free port of Valdez., 28 June 2021 The movie portrays levels of secrecy and conspiracy far beyond imagination, staging battles in a closed Soviet atomic city and an extra-legal international free port filled with the art and antiquities of billionaires. David Sims, The Atlantic, 2 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of free port

1530, in the meaning defined above

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Freeport geographical name

Free·​port | \ ˈfrē-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce Freeport (audio) \

Definition of Freeport

1 city in northern Illinois west of Rockford population 25,638
2 village in southeastern New York on Long Island population 42,860
3 city in northwestern Bahamas on central Grand Bahama Island population 26,574


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