Kocaeli Free Trade Zone (FTZ)

The Kocaeli Free Trade Zone is operated by KOSBAS, who aim to create a
modern techno park in order to strengthen Turkeys commercial strategic
position as a global scale logistics centre. The implications of this
mean the zone offers many attractive facilities to potential users.

We can incorporate your Turkish company and assist with obtaining an operating license in the Kocaeli Free Trade Zone.


  • All companies trading within the Free Trade Zones are exempt from corporations tax
  • The goods can remain in the zones without any time limit
  • There is no limitation on the proportion of foreign capital participation in investment within the Zones
  • In contrast to most Free Trade Zones in the world, sales into the domestic market are allowed
  • Currencies used in the zone are convertible foreign currencies dealt by the Central Bank of Turkey
  • Infrastructure of the Free Trade Zone is competitive with international standards
  • Employees are exempt from income tax
  • Data lines and satellite communication facility
  • Technical support


  • 100km to Istanbul
  • 10km to Izmit
  • 120km from Bursa

Main Business Activities

  • Construction
  • Manufacture
  • Commercial
  • Other

Application Procedure

  • We incorporate your Limitet Þirket company in Turkey
  • We complete your Free Trade Zone Operating Licence Application Form
  • Your application fee is then deposited with the Central Bank of Turkey
  • We
    submitted your application form which is then assessed by the Free
    Trade Zone Founder and Operator (KOSBAS) and the Undersecretariat of
    Foreign Trade (UFT) General Directorate of Free Trade Zones
  • A lease agreement is then made with the Free Trade Zone Founder and Operator (KOSBAS)
  • We apply to the UFT General Directorate Of Free Trade Zones with your lease agreement
  • You receive your Operating Licence and can start business in the Kocaeli
    Free Trade Zone