Felixstowe Port – global trade since 1875

9th July, 2021

Magnus Group Ltd has the perfect UK location for a freight forwarding, road haulage and warehousing company. Located in Suffolk, in Ipswich and Felixstowe, it is close to north-south, east-west, and London road links. Soon to be in one of the new designated Freeport areas. And next to Britain’s biggest and busiest container port.

Felixstowe Railway and Pier Company

Felixstowe Port was founded in 1875: what exists today bears little resemblance to the “Felixstowe Railway and Pier Company”. In 1967 it was renamed “Landguard Container Terminal” and was the country’s first purpose-built container terminal, putting Felixstowe on the global trade map.

Growth has continued with development throughout the decades. Whilst Felixstowe was first considered an ideal location due to the proximity to the main shipping lanes and major European ports, now the road and rail links add to the attractiveness and success of the Port.


Felixstowe Port - a history

Pub Quiz Facts

It now covers 342 hectares (that’s about 77 of Wembley Stadium!) including reclaimed land from the River Orwell. The Port employs around 2500 people. It is owned by Hutchison Port Holdings, a Chinese company.

The Port has 3000 ships each year and provides some of the deepest water close to the open sea of any European port. Around 17 shipping lines, from over 700 worldwide ports, operate at Felixstowe. Ranked as the 43rd busiest container port in the world, and the 8th in Europe. Due to the sheer size and capacity, the Port has its own police, fire and ambulance services.

Ideal Port location

The proximity to main European shipping lanes makes it a first choice for importers/exporters. Time and money are saved, as well as reduced carbon emissions due to shorter journey times.

Work has been completed in 2021 to improve rail links to the East Midlands.

Aerial photo of Felixstowe Port

Technology Advancements

The technology, capacity and volumes have certainly changed since the first commercial ship was accepted at Felixstowe Dock on 7 April 1886.  It would have been a very different sight in 2017 when the OOCL Hong Kong set out on her maiden voyage: the world’s largest container ship with a capacity of 21,413 TEU (one 20-foot container is one Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit).


Ideal location for a transport, overseas forwarder and warehousing company

Whilst Olly Magnus may dream of opening a second office in Sydney, to go back to his Australian heritage, Felixstowe and Ipswich is a great location for a logistic company. “Felixstowe Port is still evolving and constantly improving the services it offers,” says Olly. “We are ideally placed to support our clients with their exports and imports, with minimum time delays and onward transport costs. It’s an exciting industry and location to be in right now.”


Magnus Group, a haulage, warehousing and freight forwarding logistics company, is based just outside Ipswich, Suffolk, ideally placed to serve the Port of Felixstowe with direct road links to the Midlands, the North and London.  If you would like to know more about our warehousing, transport or global forwarding teams call us on +44 (0) 1473836600 or email on commercial@magnusgroup.com. We advertise our driver jobs on our company website: if you would like to join our team, follow our LinkedIn company page and check out our website.

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