The borders of Mersin Free Zone were determined by the Decree of the Council of Ministers dated 04.03.1985 and numbered 85/9200. Its official opening was held on 03.01.1987 within the framework of the Free Zones Law No. 3218 dated 06.06.1985. The region was established on an area of 776 decares in the first stage and was expanded to 860 decares with the additions made in the process. It is operated in the "Build-Operate-Transfer" model. It is managed by the TR Ministry of Commerce - Free Zones, Overseas Investment and Services General Directorate..