Free Economic Zones

Free Economic Zones

Тechnological–Industrial Development Zones (TIDZs) center in which highly productive clean manufacturing activities are concentrated and new technologies are developed.

North Macedonia offers additional incentives for development in the TIDZs, in addition to those normally associated with free economic zones.

Investors in TIDZs are entitled to personal and corporate income tax exemption for the first 10 years.  Investors are exempt from payment of value-added tax and customs duties for goods, raw materials, equipment, and machines. Moreover, up to €500.000 can be granted as an incentive towards building costs depending on the value of the investment and the number of employees. Land in a TIDZ in North Macedonia is available under a long-term lease for a period of up to 99 years.

Other benefits include completed infrastructure that enables free connection to natural gas, water, electricity, and access to a main international road network. Investors are also exempt from paying a fee for the preparation of the construction site. Fast procedures for business activity registration are provided in TIDZ that further reduce the costs of setting up.

The Government pays special attention to production activities, activities from the IT area (software development, hardware assembling, digital recording, computer chips, and the like), scientific research activity, and new technologies with high environmental standards, for which additional benefits are envisaged in the TIDZs. Investors in TIDZs who operate in these areas are exempt from the liability for submission of a guarantee as collateral for any customs arrears.

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