free port


Definition of free port

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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

Definition of Freeport (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of free port in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Our largest sales usually come from duty-free port shops in cruise line destinations, specifically Cozumel (an island about 52 miles from Cancun). Daniela Dib Argüelles, Fortune, "The Coronavirus Economy: What closed cruise lines and hotels mean for the mezcal industry," 12 Apr. 2020 Congress actually passed a bill in 1932 making these buildings a free port, which enabled importers to bring goods in duty free and store them on the premises — a commercial masterstroke. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Rockefeller Center’s Art Deco Marvel: A Virtual Tour," 15 Apr. 2020 On August 2nd Liz Truss, the trade secretary, set up a free ports advisory panel. The Economist, "What free ports can and can’t achieve," 8 Aug. 2019 China still operates a relatively closed capital account, while Hong Kong and Macau are free ports with their own currencies and no capital controls. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "China’s New 34-Mile Bridge to Link Up 70 Million People in Planned Megalopolis," 22 Oct. 2018 For speculators flipping Picassos, free ports specializing in art and luxury items offer an attractive deal. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Longreads, "Tax-Free Storage Wars," 29 May 2018 Today, free ports are a crucial cog in the global art trade. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Longreads, "Tax-Free Storage Wars," 29 May 2018 Even Dietl says the free port part of the Delaware Freeport saves little money. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Longreads, "Tax-Free Storage Wars," 29 May 2018 Much later, King George III of England made the capital Georgetown a tax-free port. Erik Heinrich,, "Kittiwake wreck dive and Stingray City are unforgettable adventures – even if you do get bit," 16 May 2018

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1530, in the meaning defined above

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“Free port.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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