The Nigerian Shippers' Council was established on July 4th, 1978 by
Decree 13 of the Federal Government of Nigeria as a response to a
long felt need for a united front to protect the interest of
Nigerian Shippers. This decision was as a result of United Nations
Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) recommendation for the
creation of National and Regional Consultation machinery on
In addition to Decree 13 of 1978, the Council also operates under
two other enabling regulations of the Federal Government of Nigeria,
namely The Nigerian Shippers' Council (Freight Stabilization Fees on
Imports and Exports) Regulations 1995 and the Nigerian Shippers'
Council (Local Shipping Charges on Imports and Exports) Regulations
1997. The Federal Ministry of Transport supervises the Council.
To provide a forum for the protection of the interest of shippers on
matters affecting the shipment of imports/ exports to and from
To promote a forum for consultation between conference, and
non-conference lines, tramps owners, the Nigerian Ports Authority,
and the government of the Federation on matters of common interest.
To encourage the formation of shippers' association's all over the
To liaise with the appropriate arms of the Government of the
Federation and other organisations in assessing the stability and
adequacy of existing services and make appropriate recommendation in
To advise the Government of the Federation through the Minister on
matters relating to the structure of freight rates, availability and
adequacy of shipping space, frequency of sailings, terms of
shipment, class and quality of vessels, port charges and facilities
and other related matters.
To negotiate and enter into agreements with conference lines and
non-conference lines, ship owners, Nigerian Ports Authority and many
other bodies on matters affecting the interests of shippers.
To consider problems faced by shippers with regard to coastal
transport and inland waterway transport and matters relating
generally to the transportation of goods by water and advice
Government of possible solutions thereto.
To promote and encourage the study and research into problems
affecting shippers in Nigeria
To arrange from time to time seminars and conferences on any matter
relating to its functions, and,
To carry out such other activities which are conducive to the
discharge of its functions under this decree.
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