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Freight and Abnormal Loads

If you are collecting from within the UK, you will be given a weighbridge card when you enter the Port. If you are an import vehicle and are dropping off a trailer and picking up a different one for onward travel in the UK, you will need your boat ticket along with a Gate Release Pass to exit the Port.

It should be understood that the release of unaccompanied freight vehicles is governed by the General Conditions pertaining to Portsmouth City Council’s Commercial Port’s Dues, Rates and Charges. We refer you specifically to General Condition No.3, which states:

"All goods including vehicles on or passing over the Council’s property or deposited in a quay shed are at the owner’s sole risk in every respect. Such goods are not in the custody of the Council and the Council accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage whatsoever or however caused."

Any freight haulier using the Port for the import of unaccompanied freight can apply to join Portsmouth International Port's Gate Release Pass System. This will enable individual companies to have more flexibility when issuing passes and dealing with any problems that may arise as the freight out gate is manned 24 hours a day. Please email freight@portsmouth-port.co.uk for further details.

To collect an unaccompanied freight item you will have to produce a Gate Release Pass before exiting the Port. These are supplied by individual companies and the Port’s shipping companies. For convenience passes can be faxed to the out gate for you to collect on arrival at the Port.

You must produce photographic ID along with the correct PIN number. When you come to exit the Port, you hand in the weighbridge card and the Gate Release Pass. After the FSA has checked all details match, you may leave the Port.

Hazardous goods

The Dangerous Substances in Harbour Area Regulations 1987 require you to notify us if you intend to carry hazardous goods through Portsmouth International Port.

It is the Port’s requirement that all hazardous notifications should be forwarded to the duty Traffic Supervisor via email at freight@portsmouth-port.co.uk or fax 023 9283 3839 a minimum of 24 hours before arrival at the Port.

Our Export Hazardous Goods Notification Form details the information we require. You can download it here. All hazardous goods must also be declared to your ferry operator. Vehicles carrying hazardous goods must be correctly labelled and drivers must have appropriate documentation.

Abnormal Loads

An abnormal load for Portsmouth International Port is any vehicle that has:

  • Height exceeding 4.8m
  • Width exceeding 3m
  • Length exceeding 18.75m
  • Weight exceeding 50 tonnes

Loads that exceed these limits can generally be accommodated through Portsmouth International Port, providing ADVANCE APPROVAL has been obtained. Freight operators wishing to transport abnormal loads through the Port should supply details of their abnormal load to their ferry operator ahead of arrival.

Abnormal load information details required include: vehicle axle spacing, axle weights and the location of the centre of gravity (CoG) supplied diagrammatically.

Ferry operators will help confirm whether the load can be shipped and will seek Port approval for the abnormal load to enter the Port.

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