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Freeport - Grand Bahama Port Authority

Grand Bahama Island, just 65 miles from the Florida coast, is at the crossroads of major east-west and north-south shipping lanes and under the primary air corridors linking Europe with destinations in South America and the southern United States.

Freeport is a 230-square-mile free trade zone on Grand Bahama Island, established in 1955 by the Government of The Bahamas. The city of Freeport emerged from a land grant comprising 50,000 acres of swamp and scrub to become a cosmopolitan center, promoting both good business and the good life.

A new acquisition of a 780-acre parcel of land links the airfield with the harbour. This property, now designated as the Grand Bahama Sea/Air Business center (S/ABC), will be developed for warehousing, manufacturing, assembly and other businesses which seek the benefits of a strategically located free-trade zone with a wide array of air and sea connections.

The Port

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) operates the free trade zone, under special powers conferred by the government under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, which was recently extended until August 3, 2054. The agreement also increased the land grants to 138,000 acres. The GBPA is the major provider and developer of services in the free trade zone and offers an expanding portfolio of opportunities that includes investment in its own subsidiary companies.

Tax Incentives

Under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, businesses in the free trade zone pay no taxes on profits, capital gains, inheritance, income, earnings, distributions, gifts, or on imported and exported goods.

Grand Bahama International Airport Company

The International Airport is committed to providing both airlines and passengers with the highest service standards. In addition to a General Aviation center for private planes, and light aircraft cleaning/repair facilities, Grand Bahama International has 24 hour taxi service and car rental agencies.

Scheduled and charter air carriers serving Grand Bahama Island include; Bahamasair; TWA; Air Tran; American Eagle; Gulfstream/Continental; Laker Airlines; JMC; UPS; Miami Air; Lauda; Aero Caribbean; others.

For further information, please contact:

Michael B. Sandpearl/General Manager
Freeport Container Port

3rd Floor, Headquarters Building
Container Port Road
Queens Highway
P.O. Box F-42465
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Tel: 242 350-8000
Fax: 242 350-8061
Email: [email protected]

John Murphy/Airport Manager
Grand Bahama Airport

Airport Bldg.
P.O. Box F-40916
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Tel: 242 352-6020
Email: [email protected]

Sherry I. Rodgers/Corporate Affairs Officer
Executive Offices/Freeport Container Port

3rd Floor, Headquarters Building
Container Port Road
Queens Highway
P.O. Box F-42465
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Tel: 242 350-8000
Fax: 242 350-8061
Email: [email protected]
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