Business Survey

2018 Q3 Free Zones World Economic Barometer


  • Meuchelböck
  • S.
  • Gern
  • K.-J.
Publication Date

The results of the 2018Q3 round, conducted in the first half of September, suggest that economic activity in free zones worldwide has lost momentum. With 61 percent, the majority of free zones regard current economic performance as normal. 32 percent evaluate their situation as good and 7 percent have experienced poor conditions, resulting in an F-WEB indicator of current economic conditions of 25, down substantially from 54 in the previous quarter. At the same time, the outlook for the immediate future continues to be highly optimistic. The F-WEB indicator value for expected economic conditions remains unchanged at a value of 64.