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Information for hauliers

Important update

Hauliers heading to the EU can now travel straight to the port for paperwork checks. Find out more.

You must test negative for Covid-19 before you cross the border into certain countries. Check if you need to get a test, and when you should get one at GOV.UK.

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 parking, abnormal loads and export/import procedures.

Important guidance

Freight drivers must check in at least two hours prior to sailing.

For your personal protection you must wear High Visibility clothing whenever you leave your vehicle. 

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

Road Traffic Laws apply within the port.

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

Trailers parked up

There are no parking facilities for import freight vehicles at the port. Find out more.

Trucks waiting to board

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

Truck leaving the port

Truckstop facilities are avalable near to the port. Find out more.

Lorries disembarking a vessel

You can find a full list of import and export procedures here.


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.


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. Information is on nearby truckstops is available here.