General Outlook

04 Eylül 2018

REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY OF ECONOMY GENERAL DIRECTORATE OF FREE ZONES, OVERSEAS INVESTMENT AND SERVICES

Definition of Free Zone

Free Zones are defined as fenced-in areas in which special regulatory treatment exists for the operating users in order to promote exports of goods and services. Free zones offer more convenient and flexible business climate in order to increase trade volume and export for some industrial and commercial activities as compared to the other parts of country.

Definition of Free Zone
  • Promoting export oriented investment and production.
  • Accelerating foreign direct investment and technology access.
  • Directing enterprises towards export.
  • Developing international trade.
Activities

In general, all kind of activities can be performed in Turkish Free Zones such as:

  • Research and Development (R&D),
  • Manufacturing,
  • Software,
  • General trading,
  • Storing,
  • Packing,
  • Banking and insurance.

Investors are free to construct their own premises, while zones have also available office spaces or warehouses on rental basis with attractive terms. All field of activities open to Turkish companies are also open to joint-venture of foreign companies.

FREE ZONES IN TURKEY DATE OF EST.
1 MERSIN FREE ZONE 1985
2 ANTALYA FREE ZONE 1985
3 AEGEAN FREE ZONE 1987
4 ISTANBUL ATATURK AIRPORT FREE ZONE 1990
5 TRABZON FREE ZONE 1990
6 ISTANBUL THRACE FREE ZONE 1990
7 ADANA YUMURTALIK FREE ZONE 1992
8 ISTANBUL INDUSTRY & TRADE FREE ZONE 1992
9 MARDIN FREE ZONE 1994
10 SAMSUN FREE ZONE 1995
11 EUROPE FREE ZONE 1996
12 RIZE FREE ZONE 1997
13 KAYSERI FREE ZONE 1997
14 IZMIR FREE ZONE 1997
15 GAZIANTEP FREE ZONE 1998
16 TUBITAK-MRC FREE ZONE 1999
17 DENIZLI FREE ZONE 2000
18 BURSA FREE ZONE 2000
19 KOCAELI FREE ZONE 2000