bonded area or trariff-free zone

kyo880418

Senior Member
chinese
bonded area or trariff-free zone?
Is there any difference between these two words?
After consulting dictionary, i don't see any difference.
If any, what is the difference?
If not, which is more often used?
Thank you!
 
  • MilkyBarKid

    Senior Member
    British English
    A 'bonded area' is a warehouse where foreign merchandise is brought in without import duty, for further processing or re-exporting. Import-duty must be paid on these goods if are released in the local market.

    A tariff-free area/zone/country is one that does not impose any import duty whatsoever for entry of the goods into the country.

    A great deal of difference.
     

    kyo880418

    Senior Member
    chinese
    A 'bonded area' is a warehouse where foreign merchandise is brought in without import duty, for further processing or re-exporting. Import-duty must be paid on these goods if are released in the local market.

    A tariff-free area/zone/country is one that does not impose any import duty whatsoever for entry into a country.

    A great deal of difference.
    Thank you!
    Can we say a port as a "bonded port area", since what i'm refering to is not a warehouse, but a large port?
     

    MilkyBarKid

    Senior Member
    British English
    ...and where are the goods stored when they arrive in port? In warehouses, out of the sun and rain, and for security.

    You can't have a bonded warehouse unless the port is a 'bonded port'.
     

    se16teddy

    Senior Member
    English - England
    You can't have a bonded warehouse unless the port is a 'bonded port'.
    In the EU, a customs warehouse or tax warehouse can be anywhere. It certainly doesn't have to be near a port, or even an airport. Goods are carried to the warehouse from the port or airport under special conditions.
    http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/vwrhsmanual/vwrhs1030.htm

    We also have free zones.
    http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageVAT_ShowContent&id=HMCE_CL_000241&propertyType=document
     
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    EStjarn

    Senior Member
    Spanish
    In this case, will readers get the meaning of "bonded port area" ?
    From a layman's perspective and partly based on this Wikipedia article, my interpretations would be:
    bonded port: A port where dutiable goods may be stored, manipulated, or undergo manufacturing operations without payment of duty.

    bonded port area: 1) Ditto. 2) The area of a port where dutiable goods may be stored, manipulated, or undergo manufacturing operations without payment of duty.

     
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