The Nigeria Shippers’ Council was established in 1978, in line with the UNCTAD recommendation, through the enactment of Nigerian Shippers’ Council Act Cap. N133 LFN 2004.
Following the Cotonou II World Bank Round Table Conference on Maritime Trade in West and Central Africa in 1977, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council focus shifted from representation and protection of the interests of importers and exporters with regards to port-to-port cargo shipment to protection of importers and exporters throughout the transport chain from door-to-door.
In line with the Federal Government port reform agenda, the Nigerian Shippers' Council was appointed the Port Economic Regulator in February 2014 and affirmed by the Ministerial Regulation: Nigerian Shippers’ Council (Port Economic) Regulations 2015; and a Presidential Order: Nigerian Shippers’ Council (Port Economic Regulator) Order, 2015.
Its mandate is to establish an enabling environment for all stakeholders by instituting an efficient and effective economic regulatory system in the transport sector.