Our journey started in April 1983 when Harbour Shipping was founded to offer Customs Clearance solutions to UK and European road freight operators. Our commencement of trading made us one of the founding members of the Dover Customs Clearance community and one of the few that still trades locally today.


In 1983, way before the Maastricht Treaty was signed in 1992, every single freight movement was held and processed under Customs controls in the Port of arrival or departure. Documents were manually completed, initially by hand and then by typewriter, which was way before computerisation that we take for granted today. 


As an independent agent, Harbour Shipping Ltd provides UK Customs clearance today for both roll-on roll-off vehicles at every port throughout the UK and Deep Sea container movements through the majority of the UK’s ports. Upon request we can also offer solutions at most UK airports. The service we provide is facilitated by our dedicated team at one of our UK offices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we do not outsource to third parties.


Since our foundation in 1983, Harbour Shipping Ltd has offered a constantly expanding range of services to an increasingly diverse client base spread across the length and breadth of the UK and Europe. The UK’s exit from the European Union led us to adapt further still and offer yet more services to our ever increasing range of clients.

So, in addition to Customs clearance today, we also operate comprehensive European ferry booking services for freight vehicles on all major, and most minor routes, including the UK South Coast ports, the North Sea, Irish Sea, Western Channel routes, Scandinavian and Mediterranean Seas.

European toll tags and badges are provided, with credit facilities on the transit of French, Belgian, Spanish, Italian, Austrian, German and Portuguese motorway networks and the Alpine tunnels, as well as operating our own Bureau de Change facilities at two of our three offices.


Harbour Shipping has three offices located in both the Eastern and Western Docks of Dover and STOP24 at the Folkestone Services on the M20 Kent. Our Dover Western dock office is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is staffed by long serving experienced customer service personnel.


  • Customs Clearance
  • European Ferry Bookings
  • European Motorway, Tunnel and Toll Tags
  • Bureau De Change
  • Safety and Security Declarations
Today it operates comprehensive 24 hour services 7 days a week providing bookings on all major and most minor routes including the UK South Coast ports, the North Sea, Scandinavian and Mediterranean Seas.

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