Author: Gareth Colwell

On 14 September 2021, the UK government set out a revised timetable which sees the postponement of full import controls for goods being imported from the EU to the UK. The changes are: The requirement for pre-notification of agri-food imports will be introduced on 1 January 2022 as opposed to 1 October 2021. The new requirements for Export Health Certificates, which were due to be introduced on 1 October 2021, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022. Phytosanitary Certificates...

Portico is helping a firefighter who is fundraising to provide kit for those who put themselves in danger, with only the most basic equipment for protection. Cosham firefighter Storms Menri has launched a fundraising drive to send redundant Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service (HIWFRS) kit to Ghana. Firefighters in the African country have very limited access to protective clothing and often turn out to jobs without the equipment needed to keep themselves safe. In contrast, Storms and his HIWFRS...

Portico looks to welcome regular shipping arrivals from UK's largest independent building materials firm Brett Group, following a call on Monday 5 July by Britannia Beaver to bring construction material into Portsmouth's terminal operations facility. This regular call, which was made of up approx 4500 tonnes of sharp sand, will be a convenient way to reach customers on the south coast. Steve Williams, Portico's operations director said: "We have been working hard to make sure we can accommodate a variety of goods...

If you’ve chosen to delay making customs declarations on non-controlled goods you’ve imported from the EU this year, you may need to start thinking about making a supplementary declaration. Supplementary declarations are due within 175 days of your shipment arriving in Great Britain. So if you imported anything in January 2021 and you haven’t yet made a declaration for imported goods either yourself or using an intermediary, your supplementary declaration will be due very soon. Most traders use an intermediary such as Portico...

Many businesses are looking to reduce the carbon emissions generated by their supply chains. Coastal shipping, including short sea and feeder services, can offer significant carbon savings over conventional methods of transport - and Portico, based at Portsmouth International Port, is ideally placed to help. Improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions are two of the most pressing issues facing businesses and industry today, with many grappling with how they can reduce their environmental impact. A recent report conducted by port analysis specialists Port...

Portico Customs Agency, based at Portsmouth International Port, has seen a 2270% year-on-year increase in the number of export declarations carried out for customers in the first three months of 2021. From agriculture products to parts for x-ray machines, anyone importing and exporting goods to and from the EU now needs to complete full customs declarations under the terms of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Businesses across the country have looked to customs agencies, such as Portico, to help them navigate...

Throughout the pandemic, regional ports such as Portico in Portsmouth, have provided capacity and expertise to keep goods moving. As the UK now looks to the future, regional ports also have a key role to play in the economic recovery. The past year has been tumultuous for everyone, with the world having to adapt rapidly to the challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic brought. Shipping has been no exception. Ports and shipping lines re-configured their operations to keep vital imports and exports moving,...

Portico, the international cargo terminal based at Portsmouth International Port, have helped move 10,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) of empty containers back to where the need to be. There has been a glut of empty containers across the UK, and a shortage in the major manufacturing regions in Asia. This has been caused by the ongoing effect of the coronavirus pandemic, along with some British ports seeing container traffic well above normal levels at the start of this year. To help clear the...

Portico, the deep water cargo terminal and customs agency based at Portsmouth International Port, have agreed a significant lease extension with Portsmouth City Council. Building on the move to new landmark headquarters last summer, Portico have now extended their lease with Portsmouth City Council for a further 34 years. This lease gives Portico a distinct advantage to build on future plans for the next 20 years. It also provides opportunities to expand their portfolio by offering current and new businesses longer term...

Portico, the international cargo terminal based at Portsmouth International Port, are helping some of the world’s biggest shipping lines get their empty containers back to where they are needed most. Britain is currently awash with empty containers. This is causing congestion at UK ports and a shortage of containers in Asia for exports, with low container availability reported across Chinese and Indian ports. This issue has widespread implications for the worldwide economy, with multiple knock-on effects. The ongoing effect of the coronavirus pandemic, along...