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The UK's largest port to distribution centre container logistics service working closely with shipping lines, freight forwarders, retailers and manufacturers.

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How can we help your business?

We understand our customers have different requirements so have developed a range of services to meet the needs of international container shipping lines, freight forwarding companies and cargo owners alike.


Rail transport

Our rail connectivity from the ports of Southampton and Felixstowe is combined with partnerships with rail freight operators across the UK, to offer a flexible, combined rail and road solutions. We work to manage customer volume fluctuations, and seek opportunities to maximise efficiencies. With one gallon of fuel moving one tonne of product 246 miles by rail, as opposed to 88 miles by road, and one rail freight journey removing 30 trucks from the UK road network, rail is an essential consideration.


Inbound management

We work with customers across all sectors to develop inbound supply chain solutions and robust frameworks that create real competitive advantage. We achieve this by working with customers to intelligently plan vehicle resources at the reflective planning ports of entry, maximising the potential of intermodal transport and exploring how the vehicle can be used as part of our customers’ UK domestic transport needs.


Account management

Our container logistics centralised customer service unit is on hand to advise on efficient utilisation of container logistic services and provide bespoke reports which provide full visibility to our partners.

To manage peak times and seasonal trends we have the scale and flexibility to tactically add resource where needed offer flexible driver resource – double shifted operations, position agile fleet positioned in key locations, manage seasonal peaks utilising resources elsewhere at quieter times.


Reloading for efficiencies

Our team of logistics experts work with customers to enable containers to reload wherever possible. By reloading an otherwise empty container the total distance travelled by the container will be minimised increasing efficiency, lowering costs and lessening the impact on the environment.

With our vast fleet of vehicles and trailers we have the equipment to implement effective drop and swap operations. This gives our customers the benefit of time efficiencies and lower overall transport costs.


Specialist equipment

By utilising our fleet diversity, including a team of ADR trained drivers across our UK port locations our customers can benefit from:

  • Tail lift skeletal trailers, enabling containers to be loaded and reloaded swiftly without the need for dock levellers
  • Tipper trailers providing, a solution for off-loading loose bulk materials
  • Specialist side loaders, providing an alternative container lifting solution
  • Low loader trailers, enabling out of gauge loads to be transported safely. The equipment is suitable for agricultural and construction plant, steel fabrication, military vehicles, aircraft engines, ships' generators and other abnormal sized cargo

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Why choose Wincanton?

Put simply, our ambition is to be recognised as the best in our chosen markets, with a reputation for delivering service excellence and value to our customers every day. Through our experience, we know that every logistics solution is different. We work closely with our customers to understand their markets so that we can tailor solutions that fit their specific requirements and suit their brand.

People transition

Wincanton has gained considerable expertise of transferring multiple sites across complex geographies and built excellent relationships with a number of trade unions. We use a tried and tested approach to TUPE, which ensures colleagues are transferred with respect and integrity, supported by an open communication process.

Health and safety

We help our people to support our customers by delivering the highest standards in safety. Our priority is to safeguard the well-being of our people, our customers and the wider public through ongoing health and safety education at every level of the business.

IT services

Wincanton has created an in-house IT team responsible for product and services deployment and technology management with well proven and established corporate governance processes.

Change management

Our transformation success is built on the tight integration between all of the teams involved in the change: change management, technology, operations, commercial and HR, allied to robust methodology.

How can we help?

Have a supply chain question, need some help, just want a chat? Contact Wincanton today.