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Information for hauliers

We have more routes than any other UK ferry port for easy freight transit to France, Spain and the Channel Islands, and a smooth onward drive across Europe. What’s more, drivers can fully recuperate on the ferry, arriving refreshed and ready to go.

There is important guidance for drivers below, and you can also find out more about parkingabnormal loads and export/import procedures.

Imports to GB from the EU are changing

If you are a haulier heading to Portsmouth International Port, you must ensure that you are ‘border ready’ to avoid delays following the UK’s departure from the EU.

This already applies for exports headed for the EU, and will for imports heading to Great Britain from the EU from 1 January 2022. Find out how to get ready for the changes.

Important guidance

Lorry entering port

Freight drivers must check-in at the port, at least two hours prior to their sailing.

Drivers in hi-viz

For your protection you must wear high visibility clothing, whenever you leave your vehicle.

20mph sign

The speed limit within Portsmouth International Port is 20mph unless stated otherwise.

Trailer tug pulling a trailer

UK road traffic laws apply within the port.

No mobiles

Mobile phones must not be used when driving in the port.

Trailers in a row

There are no parking facilities for import freight vehicles.

Trucks in a row

There are specific guidelines for unaccompanied, hazardous and abnormal loads. Find out more.

Truck leaving ferry

Truck stop and parking facilities are available near to the port in Farlington and Havant.

Trucks on ferry

Import and export procedures for drivers are available to view in advance of your sailing here.

Security

All vehicles entering the Restricted Area are liable to security checks and may be subject to search. Whilst it is recognised that this may be an inconvenience, drivers appreciate the measures put in place by government legislation in an effort to ensure that travelling on an international ferry is a safe form of transport.

The whole of Portsmouth International Port is a security area, so carry your identity papers at all times. Do not bring any passengers into the Port without prior notification from your company and on no account bring in hitchhikers.

Facilities

There are shower facilities at the port, along with a café & shop inside the terminal building. There is a driver’s diner located in the restricted area.

There is also a self-weighbridge facility for trucks.

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