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Inchcape Shipping Services (UK) being a fully owned subsidiary of the ISS Group, has had a presence in the UK for more than 150 years and is today one the country’s leading independent port agency companies.


ISS has its own strategically positioned UK network with the ability to provide a high quality service throughout the UK and Ireland. We serve a diverse sector of trades including: cruise, dry bulk, naval, ro-ro, tanker and general and project cargoes.


Southampton is one of the UK’s busiest and most important ports. It handles in excess of 42 million tonnes of cargo annually, around 7% of the UK’s entire seaborne trade. It is strategically located close to the main international shipping lanes, being less than a 100 nautical miles from mainland Europe and the main gateway for Far East imports.


A unique double tide contributes to 17 hours of high water each day, resulting in a longer operational window for ships to arrive and leave the port. Along with a deep main channel and all berths being tidal and lock free, there is unhindered access for the world’s largest vessels.


Aided by the sophisticated Vessel Traffic System (VTS), the port is able to welcome the world’s largest vessels, from deep-sea containerships to cruise giants.


The port is equipped to handle any type of cargo home and is the UK’s second largest container terminal, a leading car-handling port and the sole UK port for all Canary Islands fresh produce imports.


Southampton port is also widely recognised as the capital of the country’s cruise industry and each year increasingly more cruise liners are taking advantage of Southampton’s superb cruise terminals.


While the port is situated in the heart of the city, it is within easy reach of the local airport, the neighbouring naval port of Portsmouth and the New Forest National Park. The port is also home to Red Funnel ferries which operates a regular daily service to the picturesque Isle of Wight.


  • Global agent with a well coordinated network of offices and sub agents
  • Financially secure and stable
  • Local knowledge and expertise
  • Local port information/conditions
  • Suggestions on alternate competitive ports
  • Quality ISO9002 registered, audited by LRQA
  • Consistent & relevant reporting
  • Single point of contact for multi-port business
  • Stringent and prompt DA control and turnaround.
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