London Stansted Airport Cargo

London Stansted Airport is London’s pure cargo airport of choice and currently handles more than 250,000 tonnes of cargo annually.

London Stansted Airport is the UK’s 3rd largest cargo airport and offers services to every major continent via a diverse portfolio of airlines and their extensive networks.

It is the only London airport with the capacity and infrastructure to support increased demand for cargo aviation over the next 10-15 years.

  • Handling around 258,000 tonnes annually, London Stansted Airport is the the UK’s 3rd largest cargo airport and London’s premier pure cargo gateway.

  • The airport is operational 24/7/365

  • Fire fighting category 7 with CAT 8, 9 & 10 available by request

  • Stansted’s dedicated cargo stands can simultaneously accommodate 4 x A380, 3 x B747-8F, 1 x B747-400F and 1 X B767-300

  • Stansted’s 3,049 metre runway offers full intercontinental capability and provides full CAT IIIb ILS protection

  • London Stansted is the only major London airport with capacity to support the immediate growth of the aviation sector

  • London Stansted’s proximity to London Heathrow makes it ideal for combi carriers wishing to supplement bellyhold capacity with maindeck freighter traffic

  • The airport’s south-eastern location allows reduced flying time from Asia, Europe and Africa

  • 27% of the UK’s pure freight is flown to or from Stansted

  • 21% of the UK’s pure mail is flown to or from Stansted

  • 8% of the UK’s total air cargo volumes are flown to or from Stansted

  • London Stansted handles in excess of £12bn in trade value annually

  • Experienced cargo handling companies on-site

  • Significant land availability for future development

  • At the heart of UK bloodstock sector with Newmarket just 30 miles away, Stansted is the primary UK gateway for some of the world’s finest race horses and polo ponies

  • Key to the importation of equine shipments is the airport’s EU approved equine Border Inspection Post which also caters for ambient products of animal origin for and not for human consumption

  • The airport is ideally situated to serve the rapidly growing Bioscience and hi-tech manufacturing industry in Cambridge, and is just one hour from Silicon Roundabout in East London

  • Ideal connectivity to important onward perishables destinations including Dartford, Stevenage, Spalding, Boston and Hull

  • Well located to serve the offshore energy sector for the North Sea

London Stansted Airport is approved as a UK Border Inspection Post (BIP) on the European Union’s “List of Border Inspection Posts”, facilitating the importation of Products of Animal Origin (POAO). The airport is also authorised as a Designated Point of Entry (DPE) for the import of high risk Non Animal Origin products(NAO) and as a Designated Point of Import (DPI) for products that may be contaminated by Aflatoxins.

Border Inspection Post:

The Gov.UK (DEFRA) website has a very useful section dealing with Border Inspection Posts.

The STN BIP is approved for Third Countries (non-EU members) imports of:

  • Live animals including ungulates and equine.

  • Packaged Animal products for human consumption imported at ambient temperatures.

  • Packaged Animal products not intended for human consumption imported at ambient temperatures.

Frozen or chilled goods cannot be handled at the STN BIP, however should there be any long term requirements for such capability please contact the M.A.G Cargo team here.

Access to the facility is available by contacting the BIP operator Instone Air.


Tel: +44 (0) 1903 740101

Fax: +44 (0) 1903 740102

Instone Air Services, Charity Farm, Pulborough Road, Parham, West Sussex, RH20 4HP

Non-animal Products:

Imports of certain feed and food of non-animal origin, from certain non-EU countries, that are considered to be 'high-risk' can only enter the UK through specific ports and airports approved as designated points of entry (DPEs) where official controls will be carried out. Further Information about 'High-risk' products of non-animal origin.

Safeguard controls on certain food products due to aflatoxin contamination under Regulation (EU) No. 884/2014. Consignments must be accompanied by a health certificate and results of sampling and analysis. Sampling of consignments would be done at a designated points of import (DPI). Further information about Aflatoxin contamination of products of non-animal origin.

The Border Inspection Post and High Risk NAO products regulatory inspection services are provided by the Environmental Health – Imported Food Team who can be contacted via:

Uttlesford District Council on 01799 510510 or Enquiries Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm:01799 510483

Fax: 01799 510379

Email: and

More information about the controls applicable to imported products can be found at the Uttlesford District Council website at the Gov.UK website listed above, and the Food Standards Agency website.

STN’s cargo community boasts some of the world’s leading logistics providers, and has plenty of existing and potential opportunities to welcome a whole host of additional air cargo supply chain service providers. Search for individual companies to find contact details, services available and other information aimed to assist you in importing and exporting cargo to/from London Stansted Airport.

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