shipping lines in Nigeria

Shipping lines in Nigeria play very important roles in international trade especially easing business operations for clearing agents. From berthing with a vessel filled with containers, to integral parts that involve clearing agents in Nigeria. Some shipping lines have improved on how they render their services by integrating some form of technology to make the work of clearing agents in Nigeria better.

In no order, some of these shipping lines in Nigeria are:



PIL came into the Nigerian Market in September 2000 under the agency of Blue funnel, a division of Hull Blyth Nig Ltd.  It started with a staff strength of 38 persons, with 17,500 TEU imports and 3,150 TEU exports in its first year to now having over 70 members of staff with 70,000 TEU imports and 9,000 TEU exports per annum presently. Also having a port coverage in Nigeria in places like Apapa, Tincan-Island, Warri, Calabar, Onne and Port-Harcourt.

For clearing agents, effecting release from PIL is quite easy compared to other shipping lines in Nigeria. once draft payment is made at Guaranty trust bank (GT bank), you can then proceed to their office where you submit relevant documents to get your DO ( delivery order). Though you might go at some times where the queue is long but still, getting your DO is quite easy here.

Location: 34, wharf road, Apapa, Lagos state, Nigeria.



CMA CGM was established as a shipping line in Nigeria (precisely Lagos) in 2007 and also operate in Onne. They are part of the CMA CGM worldwide network. They have a strong coverage in more than 150 countries.

Although CMA could be a little bit manual in some things they do, but it’s a hassle-free place where you can go and get things done quickly. Shipping charges can also be paid in form of drafts at Guaranty trust Bank (GT bank). After that you tender the right documents required to get your DO (delivery order). If you a customer who ships regularly through CMA, you can be placed on VIP status where you don’t even have to queue.

Location: 26, Creek road, Apapa-Lagos state, Nigeria.



This is one of the top shipping lines in Nigeria. Across the world, they have a fleet of over 490 container vessels, sailing 200 trade routes and office in more than 155 countries.

They have a nice office which runs smoothly with advanced software’s on their systems making the work of clearing agents easier. Payments of shipping charges are done at Citi Bank.

Location: 41, Creek road, Apapa, Lagos state, Nigeria.



Owned by the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, Maerskline is the world’s largest container shipping company with 630 vessels, 306 offices in 114 countries, shipping to 343 ports around the world. This shipping line was founded in 1928. They also manage the terminal in Apapa port as (APMT)

Maerskline is by far the advance shipping line in Nigeria presently. They have an integrated system with advanced software’s where everything is done online from requesting for invoice to getting your delivery order.

Payments of shipping charges are done at citi bank also; which is luckily beside their office. After paying, you can now tender the required documents to get your delivery order sent directly to your inbox.

Earlier in the year, they had a challenge when all their servers where hacked and had to return to the manual mode of operation which nobody was prepared for. Things were really bad as one had to be there as early as 4 a.m to pick number for the queue. But now everything is back on track and they still remain the best shipping operator for your imports and exports.

( check out 10 items you can import into Nigeria with 100,000 or less here)


Location: Kazuma plaza,2-4 Ede street, Apapa, Lagos state, Nigeria.



This is a good shipping line in Nigeria, also a sister company to Maerskline performing same duties founded in 1946 by South African industrialists and American ship owners.

They run on same system as maerskline in apapa and are also efficient

Location: Kazuma plaza,2-4 Ede street, Apapa, Lagos state, Nigeria.


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