Based on the UK Government's Freeports Bidding Prospectus for England, this document sets out in detail the key elements where the Scottish Government has adapted the model for England to fit with the Scottish context, applying Scottish Government priorities to it to create the 'green port' model.
In partnership with the UK Government, the Scottish Government intends to seek green port proposals from applicants, or multi-applicant partnerships, in due course – subject to agreement with the UK Government.
This document sets out the key elements that differ from the bidding prospectus for England, including the core policy objectives and expected outcomes of the green ports bidding process and the measures relating to devolved responsibilities, namely within the tax and planning spheres. Text omitted from this document relates to information on matters reserved to, and/or subject to agreement with, the UK Government. These include sections relating to: the customs and tax sites; customs; reserved tax levers; innovation funding, collaboration hubs and regulatory innovation; preventing illicit activity; governance structures; applicant selection; essential information required from applicants and detailed application information requested from applicants. Prospective applicants can refer to the Freeports Bidding Prospectus for England for details of those sections, with which the Scottish Government intends the green port process to align.
The final Applicant Prospectus for green ports in Scotland will be published in due course, subject to agreement with the UK Government.