Press releases

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 head closer to the 31 October, there is still no clear agreement on what direction Brexit might take.  As a responsible customs broker we have a duty to prepare for all possible outcomes. This includes the scenario that no agreement is reached. Because of this, we are encouraging companies to look at all the potential options. This will help them mitigate any risks so they can prepare their business for all Brexit scenarios. For example, if we leave the...

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...

Portico, Portsmouth’s international cargo terminal, recently took delivery of 2 x SEACOM CH45’60T container trailers, which will aid the movement of containers around the terminal. These will be followed by 4 x Terberg TT223 two wheel drive Terminal tractors in March 2020 (pictured above). These units will be supplied with rotating seats to facilitate improved driver comfort and operational efficiencies. This equipment, including the Seacom trailers, is being supplied by Terberg DTS UK, which is the UK arm of the Terberg...

Portico, the international shipping experts based at Portsmouth International Port, have welcomed the longest container vessel that they have handled to date on one of their deep water quays. The MV Cap Roca, loaded mostly with reefer containers of bananas and other fresh produce, is an impressive 225 metres long – more than double the length of a football pitch. The vessel, which has recently been added to Maersk’s regular Colombian Express Service, left Colombia on 11th May, sailing direct to...

The south coast’s leading fresh produce port, Portico, have been nominated for the FPC Fresh Awards ‘Business Service Partner’ award. FPC is the UK's fresh produce trade association and is widely recognised as the voice of the UK industry. A deep-sea port, based in Portsmouth with excellent transport links by road, rail and sea, Portico has recently secured £15m worth of investment over the next 10 years, which will drive forward plans to modernise and improve the business. Steve Williams, Portico’s operations...