Who We Are

Our role as SCEA

The Shippers Council of Eastern Africa is a business membership organization whose mandate is to advocate for an improved policy and trade environment, educate shippers on their rights and obligations in import and export trade, interpret government regulations and procedures, and provide a platform for sharing experiences through networking forums, and training and awareness workshops.


An Efficient Logistics Chain that Enhances the Competitiveness of Cargo Owners in Eastern Africa.


To offer proficient, research based advocacy and value add services  to cargo owners.

Core Values

Customer Focus, Integrity, Teamwork and Partnership, Innovation and Continous Improvement

Rationale for Shippers Council of Eastern Africa


Efficiency in trade logistics is a critical element of reaping the benefits of globalization. With increased globalization of economic activities coupled with rapid development of Information and Communication Technology, businesses are developing strategic and efficient distribution networks for their products. Focus is now on the transfer of goods in a predictable, timely and cost effective manner. Globally, shippers congregate under the auspices of Shippers Council to better address their issues and establish these networks.


In today’s highly competitive business environment, the quality of logistics is therefore a major influence on a firm’s choice of location, suppliers and consumer markets.


Regrettably, high logistics costs and in efficient service provision characterize the East African region and Africa at large. Consequently, the region continues to experience a slowdown in regional trade while foreign direct investments have remained inhibited leading to slow economic growth.


Delays caused by lengthy clearance procedures, port congestion, poor road and rail infrastructure among others, have rendered products from Eastern Africa uncompetitive and hence unattractive to regional  and international markets.


SCEA comes in at a time when the region’s competitiveness is dwindling and by engaging governments from a regional perspective, the Council hopes to achieve greater heights of advocacy success.