Definition of free port in US English:

free port


  • 1A port open to all traders.

    • ‘The first American free port was opened in New York City in 1937, and others have since been added.’
    • ‘Another 80 marines deployed to the free port of Monrovia to conduct engineering work needed to open the port to humanitarian relief.’
    • ‘Negotiations for the restoration of the 1786 reciprocal free trade agreement with France were also abandoned, allowing Napoleon to close free ports in Europe and the French colonies once they were regained.’
    • ‘Shoen and temple estates encouraged the growth of free ports in the hope that an accumulation of wealth from coastal trade would strengthen the economic power of their domains.’
    • ‘A new urban creation, the free port, challenged the old commercial and shipping powers.’
    • ‘One of the first Latin American countries to open a free port, Paraguay became a centre of retail commerce of foreign goods, representing a substantial slice of its country's economy.’
    • ‘In 1587 Grand Duke Ferdinand had made Livorno the only free port on the Italian peninsula.’
    • ‘By a special decree of February, 1706, Queen Anne declared Gibraltar a free port.’
    • ‘This did not stop him from showing his ability as a reformer, presenting or encouraging some projects, such as the setting up of a free port in Bayonne or the building of a round wall around Paris in order to fight smuggling.’
    • ‘But in my mind, it was a tall, proud city, built on rock, stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity.’
    • ‘This conference also established the northernmost city, Tangier, as an international free port, under control of the Spanish.’
    • ‘Hong Kong, a free port which provides such imported articles with less tax, meets the demand of this group of people, fueling for the travel boom to Hong Kong.’
    • ‘If an Australian federation were formed, it seemed likely that it would adopt a protectionist policy and hence Sydney would lose its advantage as a free port.’
    • ‘When Charles VI of Austria declared Trieste a free port in 1719 it was a small village with little history to speak of.’
    • ‘The key to Hong Kong's emergence was its status as a free port at the edge of China, but the emergence of a national identity dates to the early 1970s, when a generation of young people born and raised in Hong Kong came of age.’
    1. 1.1 A port area where goods in transit are exempt from customs duty.
      • ‘Nonetheless, when the city obtained the privileged tariff status of a free port in 1784, goods arriving from abroad at Bayonne rose by 60 per cent.’
      • ‘The economy shifted to trade, and in 1724 Charlotte Amalie became a free port where goods were exempt from customs duties and regulation.’
      • ‘Under free port regulations goods reaching the port by land from Italy or the EU are considered definitively exported, and goods of foreign origin arriving by land are considered foreign goods in transit.’
      • ‘A decree substantially enlarging the free port area, which is located along a 15 km stretch on both sides of the Daugava River, came into force this year.’


free port

/ˈfri ˌpɔrt//ˈfrē ˌpôrt/