Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) and its functions are listed in this article. We hope you find the piece helpful and informative.
As long as the economy of a country is concerned, the strength of international trade in the country plays a major role in the growth of the country.
To this end, how available, affordable, and efficient the transport service of the nation is ultimate affects the trading environment and the competitiveness of goods that are exported to the international markets as well as the cost of the goods imported into the country.
To ascertain that fact, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council is an agent that serves as a catalyst for the growth of the economy through the intervention in the moderation of costs and transport of issues relating to the transport of cargo that results in a positive impact on the trends that are inflationary within the country.
The vision of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council is to be the frontline agency when it comes to economic development that provides a regulatory system that fosters effective, efficient, and competitive service delivery in the transportation industry, and in a bid to achieve the stated vision, the council ensures that they contribute as much as they can to the development of the national economy as much as they are protecting and preserving the rights and interests of all those who have a stake in the transport sector in accordance with the best practice.
The mandate of the council as crafted is to create an environment that can enable all stakeholders by bringing into existence an effective and efficient system of regulation in the sector of transportation.
Functions of Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC)
The constitutional Functions of Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) are to:
1. Create a platform where that protects the concern of shippers when it comes to issues relating to the transportation of exports and imports to and from Nigeria.
2. Encourage and motivate the creation of the Shippers’ Association in every part of the country.
3. Create a portfolio where there can be a consultation between the conference and non-conference lines, Nigerian Ports Authority, tramp owners, and the Government of the country on issues of common interest.
4. Deliberate and mutually come into agreement with the conference limes and non-conference lines, Nigerian Ports Authority, Shipowners as well as any other organizations or bodies on issues that affects the interests of the shippers.
5. Give counsel to the Federal Government of Nigerian through the Minister in charge of issues that relates to the system of freight rate, adequacy, and availability of space of shipping, how frequently ships are sailed, and terms that are involved when it comes to shipping, quality, and class of vessels charges in ports and facilities and other matters that relate.
6. Assess how stable and how adequate the existing services and Al’s make sure of appropriate recommendations on that note.
7. Look into the challenges that may be faced by the shippers with regards to coastal transportation, inland waterways transport as well as matters that relate generally to how goods are transported by water, and also give counsel to the government on the possible remedies to it.
8. Foster, encourage and motivate the research and study into challenges that shippers in Nigeria may be facing.
9. From time to time, organize seminars and conferences touching on any issue that has to do with its statutory responsibilities in the country.
10. Carry out other roles and responsibilities that are conducive to the discharge of its roles and responsibilities under this Act.
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These functions are not exhaustive, other functions of the Council can be found in other legislation such as:
- The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (Container Freight Station) Regulation 2007.
- The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (Local Shipping Charges) Regulations 1997.
- The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (Inland Container Depot) Regulations 2007.