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More than 50 years ago a small group of entrepreneurs built a deep water harbour and established a unique economic zone on Grand Bahama Island, with the vision that it would become a major shipping hub and international business centre.

Today Freeport, Grand Bahama Island is all that and much more, offering both an exceptional climate for business, private investment and unsurpassed quality of life.

Under Charter of the 1955 Hawksbill Creek Agreement, The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) has established the infrastructure for world-standard services and facilities in a 230-square-mile economic zone just 68 miles from Florida, centred at Freeport, a modern, well-planned city twice the size of Washington, D.C.

Guaranteed long-term tax concessions and benefits for financial, commercial and industrial enterprises within this unique economic trade zone offer advantages that are superior to anywhere else in the region. With the island's pristine natural beauty, luxury living in modern and well-planned and serviced communities, international accessibility by sea and air, excellent telecommunications and a vibrant business and commercial sector, it is easy to see why Freeport, Grand Bahama is the strategic choice for discerning investors and international companies wishing to locate in the region.

Grand Bahama’s strategic location at the gateway to the Americas is a major incentive to industrial development. Freeport is only a 35-minute plane ride from southern Florida, and its harbour is the closest offshore port to the United States. The free trade zone is well-positioned for global commerce, located at the crossroads of routes between Europe, North and South American trade links and international shipping transiting through the Panama Canal. Freeport Harbour and Container Port is one of the largest man-made harbours in the world and the deepest harbour in the region. It is accessible to even the largest ocean going vessels, including
New Panmax ships. Businesses at the harbour include wet docking and ship repair. Freeport Container Port is a major container transshipment hub between the Eastern Gulf coast of the United States, the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, South America and trade lanes to European, Mediterranean, Far Eastern and Australasian destinations. The port is privately owned and operated by Hutchison Port Holdings, the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in 25 countries.