Excellent six months in the Special Economic Zones

In the first half of the year, investment projects with a total value of more than PLN 3.7 billion were started in the Special Economic Zones. In total, 106 investment permits were issued. “These excellent results confirm that Special Economic Zones are one of the key solutions that increase Poland’s attractiveness for investors,” says Joanna Choromańska, a JLL expert.

The Katowice Special Economic Zone managed to meet its objectives for the whole of 2016 in the first half of the year. The Katowice SEZ has attracted 13 investors since January, with the value of new investments exceeding PLN 1 billion. The largest investors in Katowice SEZ include: IFA Powertrain Polska from Germany, Sekonix from Korea, Guardian Częstochowa from the US, Toyo Seal Poland from Japan, as well as Baby Design Group, a Polish SME company which chose to relocate part of its production from China to Poland.

Investment projects with a total value of more than PLN 480 million will be implemented in the Suwałki SEZ. This is an exceptionally large amount for one of the smallest zones, where a year ago the total value of finalised investment projects since the establishment of the zone was less than PLN 2 billion – emphasises Rzeczpospolita.

Other zones have also seen six months of growth. Contracts for more than PLN 500 million were concluded by the Mielec SEZ. The Kraków SEZ attracted 11 investments with a total value of almost PLN 400 million, while the Łódź SEZ managed to secure contracts for more than PLN 370 million.

Special Economic Zones. Benefits and opportunities

Originally, most zones were supposed to operate until 2016 or 2017, but twice in their 20-year history it was decided that their operation should be extended. In 2013, the Council of Ministers issued a regulation under which the SEZs will exist until 31 December 2026. There are 14 special zones in Poland. The area of a SEZ cannot exceed 25,000 ha.

“The basic benefit of investing in a Special Economic Zone is the possibility of obtaining a tax allowance consisting in a corporate income tax exemption,” says Joanna Choromańska, a JLL expert. The maximum income tax exemption is related to the value of state aid available to an individual investor for a particular investment project.

From the time the Special Economic Zones were established in Poland until the end of 2015, companies invested about PLN 111.7 billion there.

Joanna Choromańska


Central Poland. The most popular region in the country


The region which was the most sought-after by tenants in Q2 2017 was Central Poland, where deals were signed for a total of 282,000 m², which was some 43% of net take-up. Due to having such a high share last quarter, Central Poland also became the leader in the first half of 2017, overtaking Upper Silesia, Warsaw (both the Suburbs and the Inner City zones) and Wrocław. What makes Central Poland so popular?

Automation in warehouses


In the recent years, automation has become increasingly common in the warehouse industry. “Automation solutions are being implemented in all those industries where it is desirable to accelerate and optimise logistics processes. They can be seen as an obvious step in the development of every company,” says Ludwika Korzeniowska, Business Development Manager, JLL.

Szczecin – a logistics-friendly city


Szczecin is still an unsaturated market. A noticeable trend in the region is the increasing activity of investors from Scandinavia. What does Szczecin have to offer as an investment location? The participants of the conference “Szczecin – a logistics-friendly city” have looked for the answer to this question.

Companies are looking for locations with easy access to workforce


“The availability of workforce has become one of the key factors affecting tenants’ choice of locations for industrial and warehouse investments,” says Tomasz Olszewski, Regional Director, JLL. However, finding employees proves increasingly challenging. According to the Central Statistical Office, in April this year 7.7 percent of Poles were unemployed. Poland has not seen an unemployment rate this low for more than 20 years.