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Free Trade Zones and Free Ports in Hong Kong

Updated: Jul 2



Free Trade Zones and Free Ports in Hong Kong


Hong Kong itself functions as a giant free trade zone. This means the entire territory enjoys the benefits typically associated with free trade zones, including:


  • No tariffs or quotas on imports and exports: This makes Hong Kong an attractive location for businesses to import goods for manufacturing or re-export, as well as for storing and distributing goods.

  • Simple and streamlined customs procedures: This helps to reduce the time and cost of doing business in Hong Kong.

  • A low tax regime: Hong Kong has a territorial tax system, which means that companies are only taxed on profits generated in Hong Kong. This makes it a competitive location for businesses looking to expand their operations into Asia.


In addition to its free port status, Hong Kong has also signed a number of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with other countries. These FTAs further reduce trade barriers between Hong Kong and its FTA partners.


Here are some of the benefits of Hong Kong's free trade zone status:


  • Increased trade: The free trade zone has helped to make Hong Kong a major center for international trade.

  • Foreign investment: The free trade zone has attracted a large amount of foreign investment to Hong Kong.

  • Job creation: The free trade zone has helped to create jobs in Hong Kong.

  • Economic growth: The free trade zone has contributed to Hong Kong's economic growth.


Overall, Hong Kong's free trade zone status has been a major factor in its success as a global trading hub.


How Bestar can Help

Free Trade Zones and Free Ports in Hong Kong


Given Bestar's areas of expertise, we can assist businesses in Hong Kong in a couple of ways that complement the free trade zone environment:


  • Compliance and Business Setup:  Since Hong Kong operates as a single large free trade zone, business registration might seem straightforward. However, Bestar can be helpful with navigating the company registration process and ensuring compliance with local regulations. This can free up business owners to focus on core operations.

  • Financial Management: With a focus on accounting, bookkeeping, and tax services, Bestar can help businesses optimize their finances within the free trade zone. This might include maximizing tax benefits associated with the territorial tax system and ensuring accurate record keeping for import/export activities.

  • Growth and Expansion:  Considering our services in payroll and HR, Bestar can be a partner for businesses looking to grow and hire staff within the free trade zone. This can be especially useful for businesses venturing into Hong Kong for the first time.





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