Part of Portsmouth City Council, Portsmouth International Port is a major UK port, responsible for handling millions of customers and vital cargo across the globe.

Starting with just one route to France 1976, it is now known as Britain’s best-connected port with more destinations than any other. The port’s profits are invested back into the council’s budget, funding essential services for the city’s residents.

Cruise and ferry

Portsmouth’s enviable waterfront, connection to major transport routes and rich maritime heritage, makes the city an ideal place for marine related business. The port is a significant contributor to both the local and national economy, and a critical industry for many businesses in the supply chain.

Holidaymakers can choose from more routes than any other UK ferry port, with destinations in France, Spain and the Channel Islands, along with dedicated facilities for cruise customers. It also offers direct routes to and from key European markets for freight.


The port also has two deep water conventional quays, operated by Portico. The company is owned by Portsmouth City Council, who bought it in 2008. The business has transformed from a primarily fruit business, into a multi-million pound cargo handling and logistics operation.

The Camber

Set close to the harbour entrance, The Camber is the site of Portsmouth’s oldest commercial docks. Portsmouth International Port are responsible for a significant area of the land at The Camber.

It is home to Portsmouth’s inshore fishing fleet, comprised of 20 to 30 vessels who land fresh fish and shellfish daily. A wide variety fish and shellfish is available from Fish Portsmouth, who operate the fish market. There are also facilities for long or short term lay up of yachts and pleasure boats.

Solent Freeport

The port is part of the Solent Freeport, an area designated by the government that allows businesses to benefit from incentives to encourage economic growth and support jobs in the local area. Within the port is a customs site, which enables tariff-free movement of goods for both export and import through simplified customs procedures.

A tax site also located at the nearby Dunsbury Park, a large business park off the A3 which is also owned by Portsmouth City Council.