Free Trade Zones
The General Organization of Free Zones (GOFZ) was established in 1972 to promote foreign investment in Syria and to exploit Syria's economic potential and historic trading role as a "bridge" between East and West. Foreign-owned firms share the same investment opportunities in these areas as indigenous entities. Two free trade zones are located in the ports of Latakia and Tartus. In addition, there is one free zone each near the border town of Dar'a (a joint venture between Syria and Jordan); in Adra (north of Damascus); in Aleppo; at Damascus Airport; and in Damascus.
The government provides the following benefits to companies operating in the free zones: