Cameroon National Shippers’ Council
Chairman of the Board of Directors: Mr. Joseph BETI ASSOMO
Director General: Mr. Auguste MBAPPE PENDA
Deputy Director General: Mr. YOUNOUSS SOUNGUI
If there is one area of economic activity where developing countries have long been excluded, it is maritime transport, which is generally a source of significant currencies for countries’ economies. According to a generally accepted estimate, the flow of goods in circulation at sea represents three quarters of international trade at the global level. This clearly situates the scope of the issues and allows us to understand the reaction of developing countries that claim their market share by participating effectively and fairly in sea transport.
In 1972, at the 3rd United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Group of 77 recommended that developing countries create, on the one hand, armaments to participate in the maritime transport of their products and, on the other hand, national shippers’ councils to negotiate freight rates and monitor their application.
As part of the follow-up to UNCTAD’s recommendations, the Ministerial Conference of West and Central African States on Maritime Transport (WECWAS) was established. Its charter sets out the major orientations of sub-regional maritime policy, including among others:
– Creation and development of the sub-region’s merchant fleets in order to increase its participation in foreign trade transport;
– Invitation to establish national shippers’ councils.
On the basis of these recommendations, the Government of Cameroon resolutely opted for the promotion and control of maritime transport. That is how were created:
– In 1974 the national shipping line CAMSHIPLINES by Law 74/19 of 5 December 1974;
– In 1975 the Cameroon National Shippers’ Council (CNCC);
– In 1984 the National Transport and Freight Forwarders Company (CAMTAINER).
CNCC has been mandated by the Government to carry out the following tasks:
– Negotiate freight rates with liner conferences and other companies serving Cameroon;
– Distribute traffic between Cameroonian shipping lines and other shipping companies;
– Promote the maritime sector.
Gradually, the economic environment has changed and maritime transport has undergone profound technological and structural changes. The globalization of economy and liberalization of services have become constraints in the implementation of new economic and social development strategies.
At the same time, the participation of the shippers’ councils of the sub-region in various international meetings on maritime transport has made them feel the need for reform in order to better adapt their missions, diversify their activities and strengthen their capacity to act in the interests of shippers. It is in this context that the reorganization of the CNCC took place through Decree No. 98/311 of 9 December 1998.
Our vision is to make each shipper carry out import and export operations quickly, smoothly and at an optimal cost, whatever the mode of transport chosen.
The global mission
Contribute to improving shippers competitiveness and protect their interests throughout the multimodal transport chain so that they are able to respond effectively to international trade challenges and requirements.
CNCC’s missions are provided for in article 3 of Decree No. 98/311 of 9 December 1998 to reorganize CNCC, which provides that:
- CNCC assists and defends shippers’ interests throughout the transport chain, with a view to contributing to the promotion of international trade. For this purpose it is responsible for:
- Seeking and making available to shippers all the necessary information to exercise their activities;
- Assisting shippers, through the compilation of files, in the bodies in which they are called upon to participate;
- Facilitating and simplifying procedures in transport and international trade;
- Reviewing all technical, legal and economic issues related to freight, with a view to finding appropriate solutions.
- In addition, CNCC is responsible for all actions contributing to the promotion of shippers’ profession, in liaison with public services and competent bodies.
Some of the CNCC’s missions, in this case those relating to the facilitation and simplification of transport and trade procedures, were modified by Decree No. 99/37 of 23 February 1999 relating to certain provisions of Decree No. 98/311 of 9 December 1998 to reorganize CNCC. The particular purpose of this amendment was to remove the management of the One Stop Shop for External Trade Transactions from the powers of CNCC.