Friday 22 November 2019 (UAE)

Free Trade Zones Sharjah Hamriyah

List of Hamriyah and Sharjah free trade zones

Sharjah and Hamriyah free trade zones information. The two most established or well-known free trade zones in Sharjah are Sharjah Airport Free Zone (SAIF) and Hamriya Free Zone (HFZ). Shams or Sharjah Media City is a newer free zone.

Hamriya Free Zone (HFZ)

Hamriyah Free Zone is located on the other side of Ajman emirate from Sharjah city, but it is still part of Sharjah emirate, not Ajman.

Hamriya Free Zone and Port expansion (Gulf News 18 Jun 2010)

Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF)

Other entry points for goods in Sharjah

Sharjah Publishing City Free Zone (SPCFZ, SPZ-FZ)

List of other free zones in Sharjah

USA Regional Trade Center (USARTC)

The USARTC was announced in Nov 2011 by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), to facilitate trade between organisations and establishments in the USA, and the UAE and MENA region. It was officially opened on 16 Dec 2012. CEO is Jihad Sheikh Solaiman. Most free zone setup consultants and websites include USARTC as a free zone in their lists of UAE free zones (last checked Oct 2019) but ...

Not entirely clear how USARTC qualifies as a free zone, the news reports and description of its activities make it sound more like a country specific trade office. And the CEO in a 2017 interview did not say USARTC was a free zone, only that they helped companies to set up in a free zone: "American companies usually look for free zones, so we maintain good relationships with the free zone authorities and can offer companies locations in free zones. This is one of the most attractive aspects of the center, as we provide assistance in operating in a free zone ..." Reference The Business Year (TBY) 2017, interview date not given.

The SCCI website has no information about the USARTC (to be fair, it doesn't have much information about the other free zones in Sharjah either), nor is the USARTC included in the SCCI website list of "Trade Centers and Business Councils". The Sharjah Government website only mentions SAIF and HFZ as free zones in Sharjah, not USARTC (or Shams or SPC). The UAE government website lists SAIF, HFZ, and Shams as free zones in Sharjah, not USARTC or SPC.

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