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                           NIGERIA SHIPPERS COUNCIL

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 Shipping.

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 Nigeria.

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 country.

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 that behalf.

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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