Nigerian Shippers’ Council

Nigerian Shippers’ Council

What is known today as the Nigerian Shippers’ Council was established in 1978 by Decree 13 now Cap.133LFN, 2004 and vested with the responsibility of protecting the interest of Nigerian Shippers i.e. importers and exporters.

Prior to this period, there was total deterioration in the quality of shipping services and unmitigated increase in ocean freight rates by foreign ship owners that operated scheduled liner services to Nigerian Ports.

Consequently, the affected shippers had no collective means of ascertaining the quantum and quality of services offered them, nor were they guaranteed adequacy of shipping space.

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council therefore, was formed to defend and represent the interest of shippers throughout the transport chain by ensuring that the shipment of goods to and fro Nigeria is done under the most reliable, safe and economical arrangements favourable to shippers.

However, in 2014, and following the concessioning of the Ports in 2006, aimed at making the Nigerian Ports effective and efficient in line with global trend and best practices, the government further pronounced the Nigerian Shippers’ Council as the port economic regulator. This added responsibility to the Council is aimed at instituting an effective regulatory regime at the Nigerian Ports for enhanced efficiency and to address the negative impact of concession activities on the economy due to absence of an economic regulator.

ADVISORY COUNCIL NOMINEE

Hassan Bello

Hassan Bello

CEO

Nigerian Shippers' Council