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Last Published: 7/19/2017

EU law provides that Member States may designate parts of the Customs Territory of the Community as “free zones” and free warehouses.  The EU considers the free zones to be mainly a service for traders to facilitate trading procedures by allowing fewer customs formalities.  Information on free trade zones and free warehouses is contained in Title IV, Chapter Three, of Council Regulation (EEC) no. 2913/92 establishing the Community Customs Code, titled, "Free Zones and Free Warehouses" (Articles 166 through 182).

The use of free trade zones varies across Member States.  For example, Germany maintains a number of free ports or free zones within a port that are roughly equivalent to U.S. foreign-trade zones, whereas Belgium has none.  A full list of EU free trade zones last updated in January 2017.

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