Are free ports the future?

Can “free ports” spark a post-Brexit manufacturing boom? Jonty Bloom reports from Teesside, which plans to become the UK’s newest free port, offering customs-free imports and hoping to bring back manufacturing jobs.

Teesside in the north east of England is an industrial landscape, all chemical and petrochemical works, power stations and docks. Old oil rigs are towed here to die.

At night in particular it looks like something out of a science-fiction movie, which is no coincidence because Teesside was the inspiration for the dystopian industrial landscape for Blade Runner.

But at the very centre of Teesside is a vast empty area dotted with enormous rusting buildings – the former steelworks of Redcar, which finally closed in 2015.

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But now there is a plan to transform and revitalise this area by turning it into a free port.

Read the full article on the BBC website here

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