Liz Truss, the new international trade secretary, is creating a new Freeports Advisory Panel to advise the government on setting them up in areas such as Teesside, Aberdeen, and Belfast.
The government aims to create the first new freeports after the UK leaves the EU and claims they will “turbocharge” growth and ensure towns and cities across the UK benefit from a Brexit trade boost.
“Freedoms transformed London’s Docklands in the 1980s and freeports will do the same for towns and cities across the UK,” said Ms Truss, who succeeded Liam Fox in the new PM Boris Johnson’s Cabinet clear-out.
She said freeports would use onshore enterprise and manufacturing as the “gateway to our future prosperity, creating thousands of jobs”.
“We will have a truly independent trade policy after we leave the EU on October 31,” she said.
“I look forward to working with the Freeports Advisory Panel to create the world’s most advanced freeport model and launch the new ports as soon as possible.”