port health

About us

Established over 50 years ago since 1971, we are a well respected family firm, operating from our office based in Felixstowe but serving businesses throughout the UK and beyond, regardless of the port of arrival.


Our story


We have been operating for over five decades.

Way back in 1967 Ian and Judith Buckle founded Buckle Shipping Ltd., London. Rapid growth and success soon required more staff at which point former work colleague John Cusworth joined the team. In 1971, in order to fulfil a new large business opportunity at Ipswich port Ian and John formed a new separate subsidiary company as we know it now, Buckle Shipping (Ipswich) Ltd.

With retirement looming for Ian and John and after enjoying many happy years of working together their legacy Buckle Shipping Ltd., and Buckle Shipping (Ipswich) Ltd., has been continued by their sons Tom Buckle and Andrew Cusworth and team of staff. In 2017 we decided to join the two companies together and operate from our single office Buckworth House, Felixstowe.   

Having been accredited with the successful growth and forward investment, Tom Maddison was invited to join the board of directors. 

As a team we continue this success story…….!

Customers first

We’re a friendly, close-knit team, and we put our customers first in everything we do.

If we take on a consignment, we make sure it gets wherever it needs to be – whether that involves customs clearance, port health or just general troubleshooting.

We’re always happy to share our knowledge freely with our customers, and explain how to get their consignments on time, avoiding holdups and hidden charges. In fact, this expert advice is one of the main reasons why many customers choose us.


Proud to perform

Through our work, we make sure the nation’s best-loved brands and products are always there on the shop shelves, ready to be bought. And we’re proud to play such a vital role in the life of the nation.

All about people

Our people are the heart of our business.

We give people their start in shipping, teach them the skills they need and turn them into valued members of our team.

We’ve never taken risks that might endanger the livelihoods of our team. And when we do well, we share that success with the people who made it happen.


Let’s talk!

If we sound like your kind of partner, get in touch! We’ll happily quote for any job without obligation.

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