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Port of Dover

The sustainable gateway to Europe

About us

Our Values

Last year we started changing the way we work at the Port of Dover. To focus on our new direction, we created a new purpose, vision, and mission to map a confident way forward. Once we had established our direction, we worked together to define a set of corporate values. 

In the summer of 2022, our employees helped us explore our behaviours around the business through a series of workshops. We grouped these behaviours into broad themes and then conducted additional workshops to fine-tune those themes. Finally, we shaped these into a set of values.

These values are about us as a group of people who work together every day and they really represent the outstanding people at the Port of Dover. This is who we are, and who we wish to be.

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About us

Our Heritage

With the Continent visible from the shores of Dover, and a valley carved out by the River Dour, it should come as no surprise that there is evidence that the Port of Dover was in use even before the Roman conquest.

Port of Dover has stood as an integral point of connection between the British Isles and Europe for centuries, a chosen passage of kings and a bastion of fortitude and resilience during the World Wars. With this history, the Port has grown a vast assortment of historical moments and heritage sites and buildings to document its place in time.

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Reports, policies centre

Annual Report 2023

Financial statements are published on the company’s website in accordance with legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements, which may vary from legislation in other jurisdictions.

The maintenance and integrity of the company’s website is the responsibility of the directors. The directors’ responsibility also extends to the on going integrity of the financial statements contained therein.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

CSR Report 2023

The Port of Dover has published its 2023 CSR Report, demonstrating its ongoing dedication to sustainable practices, reducing environmental impact, and investing in the local community.

The report showcases the Port’s efforts to enhance its operations while maintaining a responsible approach, covering environmental management, community engagement, and employee well-being.

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Key facts & figures

Here are some key facts and figures regarding Dover Harbour Board and Port of Dover.


Worth of UK trade

UK’s busiest international ferry port, handling more lorries than all other UK ports.


Trade with the EU

The Port of Dover handles 33% of all trade with the EU.


Of all ro-ro UK ferry arrivals

Operating from a state-of-the-art terminal next to the world’s busiest shipping lane and on the quickest sea route to Europe