Djibouti Free Zone
The government of Djibouti has long been committed to developing the country as a global port and business hub, capitalising on its privileged strategic position as a natural gateway to East Africa.
The construction of the Djibouti Free Zone (DFZ) in 2004 marked a significant milestone. Serving as an international logistics hub to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America, the DFZ is instrumental in facilitating global trade and supporting the growing economic emergence of not only Djibouti but also East Africa.
The DFZ is managed by the Djibouti Ports and Free Zone Authority and was created to attract manufacturing companies, financial services and other businesses to Djibouti.
Since its establishment, the award-winning DFZ has witnessed unprecedented levels of demand. To meet current and future anticipated growth, the government has committed to the development of a second free zone, Khor Ambado.
Djibouti Free Zone
DFZ offers 17 hectares of world-class facilities for office, distribution, storage and light manufacturing purposes. The free zone contains 12 warehouses ranging in size from 6,700 to 14,500 ft2 and 34 light industrial units of 5,500 ft2. There is also a hangar of 100,000 ft2 for short and long term cargo storage by humanitarian aid organisations. In addition there are 64 plug-and-work office units of 280 ft2 and business centre facilities.
Khor Ambado Free Zone
The Khor Ambado Free Zone will be more than 200 times the size of DFZ. The new facility, designed to include deep-water ports, will cover 3,500 hectares and will have its own electricity, water generation and desalination plants. The first phase - the construction of a 400-hectare development costing US$500m - began in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Djibouti Free Zone benefits
- Business friendly Free Zone law and regulations
- 0% corporate tax
- A duty-free environment
- 100% foreign ownership
- No restrictions on employment or foreign personnel
- 100% repatriation of capital and profits
- Direct local and regional market access
- No currency restrictions
- Minimal red tape
- One-stop shop service: Ports and Free Zones Authority
What makes Djibouti’s free zones different?
Djibouti’s location, on one of the world’s busiest maritime routes, positions the country as a natural portal to land-locked Ethiopia and other major regional markets. With excellent sea, air, rail and road infrastructure as well as a strong regulatory framework and a US-Dollar linked currency, the country offers an excellent location for businesses.