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Located within the UK’s best connected port, Portico is ideally positioned to handle your cargo from ship to shore and beyond.

As a deep water port, close to main shipping channels and with direct access to the national motorway network, we’re the first choice for customers looking for an efficient and cost-effective cargo handling and stevedore service.

Fresh produce is our core business, from pineapples, sweet potatoes, citrus to tomatoes, not to mention the majority of bananas South America has to offer, we also help make sure the UK is sufficiently supplied with its much-loved avocados. It’s a responsibility we take very seriously.

But we handle more than your five-a-day, including break bulk, project cargo, palletised and containerised goods. If it arrives by sea and needs lifting and shifting, we’ll take care of it.

We’re also bold enough to claim that we can strip goods, sort inspections, scan, clear and get your goods out the door in a matter of minutes.

Find out more at porticoshipping.com

Track and Trace

Portsmouth International Port and Portico have secured European funding to part finance a barcode tracking system and a web portal pilot. The overall aim of the pilot is to demonstrate that a bar code system and a web portal / service increases the efficiency and reduces the environmental impact of the logistics chain.

View the Track and Trace system video below

The barcode system allows pallets of fruit to be bar-coded at source (the farm), scanned on route right through to the end customer. This provides traceability which the industry demands.  For example, it gives growers the certainty that their fruit has left Portico and is travelling to a ripening centre or a supermarket regional distribution centre, and it allows the supermarket to trace the fruit back to the farm, which can be important if there is a problem with the fruit.

The web portal / service provides customers with real time information about the whereabouts of their fruit.  This increases the sustainability of the supply chain because, for example, trucks can be sent to Portico as and when the fruit is ready for collection.

The portal is currently being rolled out to a number of users including blue chip companies.  Early results of the system are currently being collected.

Weastflows (west and east freight flows) is an Interreg IVB North West Europe (NWE) project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) that aims to encourage a shift towards greener freight transport in the NWE region.

West and East Freight Flows


For more information about Portico please visit the website.