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A new Portsmouth to Antwerp shipping route offers an alternative to anyone worried about a chaotic Brexit. Ben Harraway, commercial manager at Portico, explains why the route is so attractive. This feature originally appeared in The Times & Raconteur's 'Innovating the supply chain' supplement on 10 December 2019. What will Brexit bring to the UK’s ports? As a commercial manager at one of Britain’s busiest ports let me tell you this: no one knows. We don’t know what the export rules...

The first Geest Line ship docked at Portico on Friday 6 December after the firm announced it would be returning to the Hampshire port. Its cargo of bananas brought from the Caribbean will be distributed across the country. The ship Luzon Strait arrived after a transatlantic crossing of around nine days carrying 9,000 pallets of cargo. The decision to return has been positively received by both banana and general freight customers. Geest Line has been an exclusively Europe-to-Caribbean freight operator for more than 60...

With the future trading relationship with the EU still to be shaped, many businesses are taking the opportunity to re-evaluate and future-proof their supply chains. If you are considering doing the same, Portico can help you look at transport differently. We can help you evaluate alternatives that are ‘Brexit ready’, whatever the outcome. This includes possible shortsea container services to Europe. With a customs agency and a freight forwarding service in-house, we already offer a range of services to help businesses...

Steve Williams, operations director at Portico, has issued the following statement as a message of reassurance to customers and stakeholders regarding the port’s Brexit preparations: I am pleased to update you that following a visit by the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP. The strategic importance of Portsmouth International Port and Portico was emphasised as a significant consideration by the government. I wanted to reassure you that Portsmouth is prepared and we are ready if there is a...

Children from Purbrook Junior School recently visited Portico and Portsmouth International Port. The Year 5 group and are studying Fairtrade as their theme this term, exploring what we export and import, and with whom we trade. They’ve also looked at where the UK’s food comes from, including from Fairtrade farms. As a vital trade hub where 70% of the UK’s bananas are imported, Portsmouth is an ideal location for them to see international trade in action. Above: Bananas being unloaded from the...

Representatives from Portico and Portsmouth International Port recently visited Antwerp, which is home to Europe’s second-largest seaport. The Port of Antwerp is the economic engine of the region, covering an area of 24,000 football pitches and employing 144,183 people directly and indirectly. It is also a municipal port, which means it is owned by the local municipal authority – the same ownership model as Portsmouth’s port. Because of this similarity, the team from Portsmouth were keen to observe the Port of Antwerp’s...

As we prepare to leave the European Union but with the future trading relationship still to be shaped, we have a duty to prepare for all possible outcomes. Because of this, we are asking: "is your business prepared for Brexit?" This will you mitigate any risks so you can prepare their business for all Brexit scenarios. For example, if we leave the EU without an agreement, all UK businesses will have to apply customs, excise VAT and procedures to goods traded...

The UK’s most successful municipal port is a vital contributor to the country’s economy, following a report from independent specialists Oxford Economics announced at a Parliamentary reception in Westminster on Wednesday 4 September. Using data from 2017, the economic impact of Portsmouth International Port, where Portico operate the international cargo terminal, was revealed to be worth: £390m to the national economy, for every £1m generated a further £1.9m was sustained elsewhere £189m to the local economy, for every £1m generated by...

Eastern Caribbean shipping firm Geest Line is returning to Portsmouth two years after relocating to Dover. Its fleet handles all kinds of general cargo from tiny perishables to large project machinery, both container and breakbulk, returning from the Caribbean with fruit, mainly bananas, for the UK and European markets. Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: “We’re delighted to welcome back Geest to the city after securing a long-term contract. “This strengthens Portsmouth’s reputation for international trade and demonstrates the importance...

Portico, Portsmouth’s international cargo terminal, have further demonstrated their commitment to improving terminal operations with the arrival of three new Kalmar DRG450-65S6X reach-stackers, which are capable to stacking loaded containers up to six high. This is another example of Portico’s recent investment in plant and equipment, which will help to streamline operations within the terminal and improve reliability for customers. The new reach stackers are also fitted with the latest engine technology which will help Portico’s efforts to reduce emissions at...