For more than 900 years, Harwich has attracted trade from across the world. With its deep natural estuary it continues to contribute to the UK’s economic growth.
To safeguard this important driver of wealth and employment, Harwich Haven Authority was established by an act of Parliament in 1863. As a trust port, we’re responsible for preserving 150 square miles of the Haven; with 40% of the country’s container traffic travelling through the area, our role is critical to its ongoing success and development.
As an independent organisation with no shareholders we generate income through the services we provide. This enables us to reinvest surplus profits for the benefit of our stakeholders. We’re accountable to our many stakeholders including The Department for Transport, local authorities, environmental groups, sailors, residents, community groups and our employees. We also maintain a continuous dialogue with them to ensure we’re providing a Haven that meets everyone’s needs.