The Association of Nigeria Customs Licensed Agents is the oldest and biggest body of clearing and forwarding practitioners in Nigeria. The primary role of the national executive body is to promote growth, unity and stability of the association. The national body also advocates and promotes member growth through the various chapters that make up the national body.

They provide responsive leadership and guide the chapter executives through creating strategic policy guidelines. With overall guidance coming from the Board of Trustees, the national executives , operating through the various zonal and chapter executives promotes the activities of freight forwarders in Nigeria.


The current national executives duly elected on 19/04/2010 under the leadership of Prince Olayiwola Shittu JP . He was elected along with other twelve (12) National and zonal executives for a four year tenure. His vision is to transform ANLCA into a highly respected trade association where members will enjoy the economic benefits of association. As a TEAM player, he says: Together Everyone Achieves More.

The Association is a non-profit organization governed by a constitution which provides for a board of trustees with a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and five (5) other members. The trustees are highly experienced, seasoned entrepreneurs and managers from member customs brokers/freight forwarding companies, who are nominated and voted for by these members. 

Established in 1954, we are the first and the oldest licensed customs clearing agency in the country operating from the first and the oldest port in Nigeria.

We are the recognized voice for all the agents operating in and around Port complex where we represent over thousands of clearing agents and freight forwarders. It is imperative that a group with such large members should have a common voice to agitate for its growth.

ANLCA liaises closely with many government agents and extra-ministerial departments, port terminal operators, inspection agents appointed by government, shipping agencies and shipping lines that are associated with our kind of jobs. Such include the Nigeria customs, NAFDAC, Produce department for export control of perishable products, cargo handling and security agencies.

The Association serves to recommend practical and effective responses to the many challenges facing its members, the government main agent at the ports – customs, other members of the customs clearing industry and clients. This would be nearly impossible to achieve by individual companies.

The Association helps members’ secure consistent and effective representation on forums which influence their businesses, such as the legislation of laws that positively affects them.
Freight forwarding has an international character and as such we work closely with other freight forwarding associations in several countries around the world .

 Objectives are:

  • To unite the freight forwarding industry worldwide
  • To represent, promote and protect the interests of the industry by participating as advisors or experts in meetings of international bodies dealing with transportation
  • To familiarise trade and industry and the public at large with the services rendered by freight forwarders through the dissemination of information, distribution of publications, etc.
  • To improve the quality of services rendered by freight forwarders by developing and promoting uniform forwarding documents, standard trading conditions, etc.
  • To assist with vocational training for freight forwarders, liability insurance problems, tools for electronic commerce including electronic data interchange (EDI) and barcode and the new biometric registration exercise going on.

The Association aims to achieve the following set objectives:

  • Service Standards –To establish performance benchmarks and to create service delivery standards that must be adhered to by its members.
  • Dispute Resolution - Development of a structured dispute resolution mechanism i.e. system of classification of offences, based on severity, frequency and corresponding sanctions.
  • Interest Actions - Take such action as may be reasonable and achievable to advance the interests of members.
  • Membership Value Delivered - Ensure that members of the Association receive value through membership
  • Industry Skill Development - Raise the level of industry skills development through regular training and mandatory training programs designed by the association for its members
  • Networking - Improve the level of networking at senior levels with Government, its agencies operating at the ports, port service providers, and other organisations which interface with the freight forwarding and customs clearing industry
  • Negative Issues - Deal with issues which are adversely affecting Government's policy such as fraud, improper documentation, clearing delays etc .
  • Relationship Building - Encourage more members to participate in the affairs of the Association and increase its membership so as to remain relevant in the National body.


Prince Olayiwola Shittu J.P.

National President