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In Tenet, one of Christopher Nolan’s time and reality bending movies, we are introduced to freeports. Robert Pattinson’s character, Neil, must steal something from a freeport and in a few scenes, through his time in the freeport’s vaults, we learn a bit on why freeports exist and what people store in them. In a tour, the guide tells Neil that clients can store anything in the freeports and the vault that they walk through holds expensive collections of paintings and artifacts. The items are “shipp[ed] to and from other freeports without customs inspection.” From there, we are brought on a chaotic journey as the characters try to pull off the perfect heist through the freeport’s vaults.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo International & Comparative Law Review on May 2, 2023. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.