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What is a Free Zone?

A Free Zone is a geographically designated area deemed to be outside the customs territory within which national regulations to production, trade and other economic activities may not be applicable or partially applicable. It is also referred to in other countries as Special Economic Zone, Foreign Trade Zone, Enterprise Zone, Industrial Development Zone, Free Trade Zone, Export processing Zone and so on.

Free Zone Facilities

NEPZA Free Zones

Pursuant to the vibrant transformative economic programmes of the Federal Government, the activities of the Authority has been strengthened and this has led to the establishment of 42 Free Zones spread across the country. A Zone can be operated by the public or private sector or a combination of both. There are currently over 500 licensed Free Zone enterprises operating in the various Zones across the country.

The Free Zones

Free Zone Categories

Permissible Activities in Free Zones

Construction & Light Manufacturing

Housing, Light Manufacturing & Services

Solid Minerals & Metals

Cement, Basic Steel, Aluminium, Chemicals, Auto Assembly

Oil & Gas

Petrochemical, Fertilizer, Methanol, Plastics, Refineries

Agribusiness & Agro Allied

Food processing, Sugar, Palm Oil Processing, Cocoa Processing, Leather & leather products, Rubber Products, Textiles and Garments

Standard Facilities

Admin Center

Trained Customs/immigration personnel as obtained in other Nigeria Export Free Zones worldwide.

Police post to provide adequate security in the zone.

Pre-built factory building and serviced plots.

Efficient telecommunication facilities for easy communication and internet access.

Uninterrupted electricity and water supply.

Adequate internal/external road network

Central transit warehousing facilities at major ports for efficent handling of free zone goods

A one-stop-shop administrative center to handle all investors' needs.

Social amenities such as schools, hospitals, banking, recreations, etc

Training centers to cater for schools needs.

Residential districts to include hotels, housing. shopping malls, recreation parks, restaurants, green areas and more

Permissible Industries

Electrical and Electronic Products

Textile Products, Garments

Wood Products and Handcraft

Leather Products, Petroleum Products

Rubber and Plastic Products

Cosmetics and other Chemical Products

Metal Products and Machinery

Educational Materials

Printing Materials, Communication and Office Equipment

Medical kits, Optical Instruments and Appliances

Biscuits, Pastries, and Food Processing Businesses

Pharmaceutical Products

Ship Building and Repairs, Oil and Gas logistics

Sports Equipment