Mailiao port and its surrounding area in Yunlin County have good potential for development into a silk industry export-processing zone and the harbor zone is on a priority list of the government's free-trade harbor zone development plan, an economic official said Tuesday.
Council for Economic Planning and Development Vice Chairman Ho Mei-yueh (
Mailiao is one of the four locations that the Ministry of Economic Affairs considers to have high potential for free-trade harbor zone development.
The other three are Hoping port in Hualien, Kuantang port in Taoyuan and the Changping industrial zone in the central counties of Taiwan.
On July 10 the legislature passed the Statute Governing the Establishment and Management of Free Ports (自由貿易港區設置管理條例) and the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications will soon begin accepting applications for the establishment of the zones.
At present, the privately-managed Mailiao port is an industrial port solely used by the Sixth Naphtha Cracking Plant of the Formosa Plastic Group.
Mailiao has an annual cargo transport capacity of 60 million tonnes.
The economics affairs ministry Taiwan Silk and Filament Weaving Industrial Association and the Export Processing Zone Administration have jointly invested in the silk industry export processing zone project in Mailiao.