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 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 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, 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, 15 Apr. 2020 On August 2nd Liz Truss, the trade secretary, set up a free ports advisory panel. The Economist, 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, 22 Oct. 2018 For speculators flipping Picassos, free ports specializing in art and luxury items offer an attractive deal. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Longreads, 29 May 2018 Today, free ports are a crucial cog in the global art trade. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Longreads, 29 May 2018

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1530, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jul 2021

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