Southampton Logistics is an independent warehouse and transport company located 5 miles from the Port of Southampton.

Specialising in unloading import containers and delivering goods around the UK.

Offering a professional service to Freight Forwarders, Shipping Agents and Businesses.


Key Services Offered :

  • ETSF (External Temporary Storage Facility) for up to 90 days bonded storage.
  • Import containers unloaded including groupage, cartons, books, cars, metal & stone.
  • Delivery around the UK and Europe from a single parcel to a full load.


Team Members


22,300 sq ft




Happy Clients






ETSF facility for up to 90 days bonded storage. Primarily used for groupage containers but also applies to most other cargo.

Container Unloading

Import container unloaded to your specification. Exports can be collected and loaded.


Long and short term storage available including pallet racking.


Tracked pallet deliveries throughout the UK and Europe.


UK & European deliveries using own fleet and trusted sub-contractors.


Car containers unloaded under bond or cleared on quay. Export containers loaded. Storage available.

OTHER Services


Domestic and International parcel delivery service.

Pick and Pack

Pick and Pack service.

Shipping Lines

We can pay UK destination charges with most shipping lines.

Custom Clearances

Custom Clearance can be arranged via a third party.


Labelling, re-boxing, sorting, wrapping, disposal, stickering etc


We can collect your goods in the UK, load into a container and restitute on quay.

Question & Answer

When does the 90 days temporary bonded storage start and end?

Technically, the 90 days maximum allowable under Temporary Storage begins when the cargo arrives at the UK port of entry ie when a vessel arrives at the port.  It ends when it has been customs clearance or has left the UK.  The 90 days allowed does not restart if goods are transferred to another Temporary Storage facility.

What are your Terms and Conditions for business?

We use RHA Conditions of Carriage 2009 and RHA Conditions of Storage 2009.  Copies available upon request.

What lifting capacity are your forklifts?

We have a forklift that can lift around 4 tonne and has 2.4 metre long forks.  We also have a forklift attachment for moving cars and a lifting jib.

Do you offer credit?

Yes, we will ask for a New Account Form to be completed and a credit check will be undertaken using Creditsafe.

Do you accept Credit Cards?

Sorry we do not accept payment by Credit Cards.

Latest News about our Industry


Vessel sizes have increased in recent years with OOCL now boasting six new vessels that can each carry up to 21413 TEU’s (Twenty Foot Equivalant Units).  Maersk’s has seven new vessels each carrying up to 20568 TEU’s with Hapag Lloyd, MSC and CMA vessels not being much smaller either.  Pictured is the Madrid Maersk which recently visited Southampton on her maiden voyage.

Low Emission Zone

London has a low emission zone (LEZ) and charges vehicles with EUR4 or older engines for entry.  From 8 April 2019, LEZ will change to ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) and charges will apply to EUR5 or older engines.  Brighton, Norwich, Nottingham and Oxford also have LEZs but currently only for buses.  Southampton City Council also have plans to introduce a LEZ.


On 29 March 2019 the UK is due to enter a two year transition period in order for businesses to prepare for life outside the EU.  The UK Government has confirmed we will be exiting the Customs Union although HMRC is the pressing ahead with EU Union Customs Code (UCC) Regulation changes which will ensure EU member states all charge the same import duties to countries outside the EU.


The port of Southampton welcomes 1.77 million cruise passengers, supports 15,000 local jobs, handles 900,000 vehicles, over 1 million containers, 1.3 million tonnes of dry bulk cargo and contributes £1.6 billion to the UK economy.  Container volumes are set to increase by 3% annually with ABP’s purchase of Dibden Bay and Eling Wharf.

Solas VGM

To ensure the safety of ships, workers, cargo and overall safety at sea, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requires that loaded containers have a VGM (Verified Gross Mass) prior to it being loaded onto the vessel.  The shipper is responsible for providing the VGM of a container regardless of who actually packs it.

Truck Cartel

The European truck manufacturers (now including Scania) have been found guilty of a serious violation of EU competition rules and have collectively been fined £3.4bn.  The RHA believe that trucks purchased or leased during the cartel were over-priced and that compensation is due.  You do not need to be a member of the RHA to join the RHA’s group claim.