Press release

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...

Issues with moving and storing empty containers are causing headaches for shipping lines and hauliers across the country. Portico, based at Portsmouth International Port, stand ready to help. Some British ports have been seeing container traffic 30 per cent above normal levels. This is at a time when importers look to stock up ahead of Christmas. Combined with the ongoing effect of the coronavirus pandemic, it has led to a glut of empty containers across the UK. This is causing congestion at...

Steve Williams, 59, from Grimsby, Lincolnshire, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Covid-19 honours, for outstanding services during the pandemic. From the outset, when the government announced a lockdown, Portico’s operations director Steve Williams, made the decision to stay in Portsmouth and oversee operations at the UK’s major fresh produce port, 200 miles away from his family in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. He remained solely in Portsmouth for three months, so he could manage operations safely for his employees and be available...

With 90 days to go before the UK and EU transition period ends on 1 January 2021, Portico customs agency has expanded their team of experienced agents to help the estimated 145,000 businesses who'll need to complete customs paperwork for the first time.  From agriculture products to parts for x-ray machines, anyone importing and exporting goods to and from the EU will need to complete full customs declarations, regardless of whether a UK-EU trade deal is agreed. Portico customs has recruited 17...

Portico and Portsmouth International Port are partnering with award-winning firm ECOsubsea, to provide a comprehensive in-house hull cleaning service. ECOsubsea offer the latest, revolutionary cleaning technology that goes above and beyond global environmental standards. Hull cleaning not only makes vessels more efficient, but can reduce their carbon footprint by minimising levels of air pollution up to 15%. This new service at Portsmouth will add value to both new and existing customers, allowing ships to be cleaned in the port, removing the...

Portico is taking action to minimise its impact on local air quality by powering its cargo handling operations with a low emission alternative fuel. The business is working with Certas Energy - the nation’s leading independent distributor of fuels and lubricants - to implement the use of a cleaner burning diesel alternative, Shell GTL Fuel, in its port side fleet, plant and machinery. Exclusively supplied in the UK by Certas Energy, Gas-To-Liquid (GTL) is a paraffinic fuel known for its improved combustion...