Categories: NewsPublished On: 31.01.2022262 words1.4 min read

Two freeports on the cards for Scotland after UK and Scottish governments get back round table

Two freeports with special tax status are being eyed up for Scotland after “positive” talks between Holyrood and Westminster.

Two freeports with special tax status are being eyed up for Scotland after “positive” talks between Holyrood and Westminster.

Discussions collapsed between the two governments last year after the SNP-Green administration at Holyrood said it wanted to pursue its own “green ports” plan.

CR0023927 Locator of the North pier at Aberdeen harbour, Aberdeen.
Picture by Jim Irvine 17-9-20

Aberdeen is among the ports hoping to be selected for ‘freeport’ status.

But it is understood the two governments are now on the “verge of a deal” to create two freeports north of the border.

However, a Scottish Government source said “whoever is spinning the story from within the UK Government clearly hasn’t been very close to the negotiations”.

This is one more than had been expected for Scotland. There are eight already selected in England.

It emerged on Wednesday that “positive” discussions have taken place between the Scottish and UK governments over the past fortnight

Aberdeen, Peterhead, Cromarty Firth, Dundee, Forth port and Clyde port have all expressed an interest in freeport status, which gives sites the ability to defer tax until products are moved on.

SNP Trade Minister Ivan McKee told MSPs earlier this week that UK counterparts have “returned to the table” on the basis of the Scottish Government’s “red line” requests . . . .

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Two freeports on the cards for Scotland