Top 10 shipping companies in Nigeria


Shipping lines are big part of the international trade in Nigeria and all over the world. A lot of shipping companies operate in Nigeria, servicing trade. Check the top companies below!

In Nigeria, we do a lot of import and export and perhaps the cheapest way to send goods out and bring machinery in is via shipping. Are you in need of the right shipping company in Nigeria for the importation of your car and other goods? In this article will be listing the top 10 shipping companies you should consider whenever you need large goods into the country online.

10 best shipping companies in Nigeria

1. Maersk Nigeria Limited

This is a renowned and reputable company that has made a name for itself over the years for their top rated services. Maersk is not only in Nigeria but globally. The company operates in about 130 countries and has about 70,000 employees globally. It has been around since 1928 and has its headquarters located at Copenhagen, Denmark. The company has 786 ships with a total capacity of 4.1 million TEU.

Services they provide

  • Shipping and cargo services
  • Supply chain services
  • Freight forwarding
  • Digital solutions

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2. Fortune Global

This is a Nigeria owned company that offers services like forwarding, shipping and logistics, freight forwarding, project logistic, management and service. It has earned itself quite a good reputation across the country. The company is also international, reaching over 100 countries and has been around since 2006. They service 72 major clients worldwide and have 5 global offices.

Services they provide

  • Oil and Gas/Marine Logistics service

  • Global freight forwarding service

  • Project logistics

  • Protocol services

  • Warehousing and distribution services

  • Free zone operations

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3. Mediterranean Shipping Company Nigeria (MSC)       

This is another prominent shipping company that is well known for the many services it provides. They include container shipping, overland transportation and logistics, locally and globally. It was founded in 1970 and its headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland, while it also has a local branch for easy access by Nigerians. It has 471 container ships and visits 150 countries.

Services they provide

  • Technology solutions
  • Trade services
  • Dry Cargo
  • Reefer Cargo
  • Project Cargo
  • Intermodal Services
  • Warehousing and storage solution
  • Cross Trading
  • Customs Clearance
  • Ports Terminal and Depots
  • Cargo Trailers
  • VGM

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4. Sifax Nigeria Limited

The company has quickly grown in the freight and forwarding industry for displaying industrial skills in shipping cargo, warehousing and many more. It has a good reputation that it has maintained since its establishment in 1988, and has a remarkable presence internationally. It is a subsidiary of Sifax group.

Services they provide

  • Freight Forwarding (Sea & Air)
  • Ports Operations
  • Haulage & Logistics
  • Groupage
  • Cargo Consolidation
  • Warehousing
  • Ship Agency
  • Ship Chartering
  • Stevedoring
  • Off-Dock Services
  • Airport Ground Operations
  • Packing & Removal
  • Marine Services
  • Importation & Sales of Crude
  • Plant Hire

Contact information

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5. Delek Marine Services

This is another Nigeria shipping company that has been around since 2008. The company is officially based in Lagos, Nigeria and renders a variety of services which include providing shipping for goods and services to the oil and gas industry. It majorly services the Wes coast of Africa.

Services they provide

  • Oil and gas services
  • Shipping and maritime services

Contact information

6. Balaguer Limited   

This is yet another Nigeria company that is based in Port Harcourt. However, the shipping line keeps its corporate headquarters at Leo Block, Ground Floor, Eleganza Plaza, Apapa Lagos. The company is member of business associations like the Nigerian-American chamber of commerce, Nigerian shipper’s council and few others, and it is also officially licensed.

Services they provide

  • Customs brokerage
  • Off–Shore logistics support
  • Cargo consolidation \break bulk
  • Bulk cargo handling
  • Project cargo handling
  • Freight Forwarding
  • Goods-in- Transit insurance cover [GIT]
  • General Contracts

Contact information


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7. Ocean Glory Commodities Limited

This is a shipping company that has managed to exhibit skilled experts in oil and gas services plus having the capability and skills in rendering shipping services, information technology and equipment. The company has offices in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Ghana and London.

Services they provide

  • Shipping Agency
  • Haulage and Logistics Support
  • Customs agent
  • Oil and Gas Services
  • Freight forwarders

Contact information

8. Derron Group

This is a privately-owned company that concentrates in providing shipping agency services since 2009. This company has gradually grown into a global company offering their services across West Africa.

Services they provide

  • Freight: Air freight, sea freight, clearing & forwarding and land transportation
  • Marine: Tug & barge operation and Rig moving.
  • Maritime support
  • Oil & Gas
  • Local & international moving
  • Warehousing & Distribution.

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9. AdeLove Shipping

This shipping line has been providing Nigerians with shipping and cargo solutions and has managed to get quite a number of good reviews from previous satisfied customers. They have good experience in shipping and freight forwarding from USA to Nigeria.

Services they provide

  • Park N Ship - FedEx, DHL, US Postal Service, USPS,
  • Air Freight Transportation / Air Cargo Shipment
  • Ocean Freight Transportation / Container Shipping
  • Customs Brokerage/Clearance, Warehousing/Distribution
  • Inland Transportation, On-Island and In-Country Delivery Services
  • Nationwide Cargo Pick Up

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10.  Beta Shipping Limited

This company is actually based in Switzerland but has a branch in Nigeria. It was established in 2003 and has diversities of experience in shipping and cargo transportation services.

Services they provide

  • Ships repairs & new building
  • Consultancy
  • Maritime investments
  • Ship management: They offer full management of dry cargo, container, bulk carrier and tanker vessels.
  • Technical management
  • Global procurement service

Contact information

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Tips on how to choose the right shipping company

To get the best shipping services in Nigeria, please refer to our tips below!

  • Make inquiry

The thing you should do before choosing shipping in Nigeria is to make good research about them. Checkup if they truly exist, registered and hunt for previous customer reviews to ensure they are experienced. 

  • Understand their terms

When you find the right company for your need, do more enquire and understand their regulation, terms and conditions and requirement.

  • Cargo insurance

This is very vital as the company should be able to cover and issue insurance policies in case your goods have a case of loss theft, or damage. 

  • International service

T​he company you plan on using should provide international service.

  • Good Customers service

When you are reading reviews on the company you chose to ship with, confirm if they also render great customers review.

  • Custom clearing agents

If they have a custom clearing agent in Nigeria, then this will be a very huge plus on why you should go for it. Doing the clearing yourself can be very hectic and finding an external custom clearing agent can expose you to scammers.

  • Affordable

B​eing expensive does not guarantee an excellent service. Ensure the company you choose is affordable and meets your budget. 

Whichever one of these solid companies you decide to work with, you will be going with the best.

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Joshua-Philip Okeafor


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