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Port and logistics Investment

The UK is – and always has been – a trading nation. Our Thames ports remain an artery of international trade.

The Thames Estuary offers unique advantages to businesses, thanks to its proximity to London, its excellent transport links, and the Thames itself – a thriving hub for import and export.

Current Opportunities: Thames Freeport

The Thames Freeport provides unparalleled growth opportunities. One of the UK’s first freeports, Thames Freeport is an economic zone where special tax and customs rules apply to encourage economic activity and innovation.

The Thames Freeport is open to do business and welcoming new customers.

Freeport status offers wider benefits for businesses such as planning reforms, funding for infrastructure improvements and innovation incentives.

The Thames Freeport zone links London Gateway, Port of Tilbury, Thames Enterprise Park and Ford’s Dagenham Engine Plant and includes 1,700 acres of land for development, with a significant part of which is ready now.

The River Thames is the UK’s gateway to the rest of the world. The Estuary has excellent links into central London and major European cities, as well as vast swathes of riverside and brownfield sites, many with planning consents in place.

No location can match Thames Freeport for access to rail, road, river and international maritime routes.

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Our support for the Thames Freeport

The Thames Estuary Growth Board promoted and fought for the designation of the Thames Freeport, we are aligning growth plans including hydrogen and river freight and will continue to support its success.

Our work is to unlock the vast potential of the Thames Estuary, the UK’s best growth opportunity. The region has the potential to create 1.3 million jobs and add £190 billion to the nations’ economy by 2050. The Thames Freeport will make a significant contribution to this.