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  • The Council negotiates with shipping lines, ship-owners, Nigerian Ports Authority, other port operators and any other relevant agencies offering ancillary shipping services on issues affecting shippers

  • The Council represents shippers’ interest in local and International shipping and trade related forums and organizations such as International Maritime Organization (IMO), Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa (MOWCA), Union of Africa Shippers’ Councils (UASC) and United Nation Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

  • The Council encourages the formation of Shippers’ Associations nation-wide to empower shippers for meaningful negotiations with providers of shipping services. These Shippers’ Associations are assisted by the Council through the provision of secretariat and other support services to ensure their functionality.

  • The Council represents shippers at the Ports Consultative Committee.The Council, with the cooperation of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has established an NSC/NCS technical cooperation committee to provide a forum for discussing import/export clearance issues as they affect shippers.