Portakabin is a market leader in the design, manufacture and installation of modular buildings, and a pioneer of advanced offsite construction.

The buildings Portakabin creates go well beyond the traditional concept of modular buildings and today some of the most complex educational establishments to office buildings have been a Portakabin creation.

  • Solution: Accelerate
  • Product: Modular Buildings & Advanced Offsite Construction

Modular buildings designed for Europe

The Portakabin head offices are based in York but many of their customers are located across Europe. The relationship with Baxter Freight began in 2018 as Portakabin had designed a building especially for the European market and were looking for a logistics partner to help grow their business.

Moving a large product such as a modular building does come with a few more challenges, especially when crossing the English Channel to mainland Europe!

Throw in the recent challenges of Brexit, we became the go-to partner to help handle all the commercial paperwork, helping the team at Portakabin with commodity codes and walking through the complexities of customs as the UK left the European Union.

Moving modular mountains

Most of the work we carry out for Portakabin is out-of-gauge with some requiring escorts and permits. We take out the literal heavy lifting by sourcing specialist equipment, carrying out all the route planning and ensuring everyone is well trained in line with Health and Safety and Portakabin on-site processes.

One particular project required extra care; a modular building for a hospital in France, high up in the Alps. This was a carefully planned Accelerate solution where time was of the essence.

A construction team was on site ready to get on with the build with specialist equipment, including a crane hired especially for offloading.

Working closely together with Portakabin and the construction team enabled us to organise a smooth delivery ready for construction.

Relationship based on trust and respect

Our Sales Director, Richard Jeggo says: “Our relationship with Portakabin is based around sharing knowledge and expertise to achieve our goals. It is a relationship based on trust and respect.

We work together to achieve common goals – whether that is managing the movement of modular buildings around Europe, or in collaborating around both companies’ desires to combat the green question or enhancing our brands.

We continually work on building a stronger relationship that will endure over time, leading to more opportunities for growth and success in the future.”

Dan Myers – Associate Director, Solutions Consultancy

Dan is an Associate Director and heads up the Solutions Consultants Team. Dan thrives working with complex logistics problems and finding solutions for some of our largest clients both domestically and internationally.

If you are looking to improve your logistics and supply chain and would like to hear more about how our solutions work together – please contact Dan today!

Explore our core services


Road and rail freight


Groupage and warehousing


Sea freight


Air freight

Vehicle Types:

Vans: Short wheel-based, Long wheel-based, Extra- long wheel based

Luton vans: Curtainsider, Box, Tail lift, Flatbed

7.5 Tonnes – 18 Tonnes: Curtainsider, Flatbed Box, Rigids, Tail lift, HIAB, Moffett

Artics (44 Tonnes): Box, Tail lift, Flatbed, HIAB, Moffett, Curtainsider

Rigids: Tail lift, Flatbed, HIAB, Moffett

Specialised Vehicles/Trailers: Sliding Roof, Low Loader, Stepframe, Double Decker, Mega, Beavertail, Extendable Flatbed, Super mega Flatbed, Wafer Deck, Container Self-loading, Skeleton, Racked / Open floor trailer, Tanker, Silo, Swap Body, Jumbo (Wagon & Drag), Walking floor, Coil well, Stanchion, Hanging Garment, Frigo

We have access to an extensive network that offers a wide range of vehicle types. If you need something in particular, please do not hesitate to contact us.