About SNSC


The Singapore National Shippers’ Council (SNSC) has a long and illustrious history going back to the 1960s when shippers came together to face off the once mighty shipping conferences. Rubber shippers were at the forefront of the movement, as rubber was one of Singapore’s key export commodities.

The year was 1964. Led by Tan Eng Joo and Tan Keong Choon, the rubber exporters rose up againstthe Straits/New York Conference when it tried to impose a 11% general rate increase for rubber shipment. Shippers could ill afford to pay the increased freight as the rubber industry then was in dire straits. With the support of American buyers, they mounted a successful campaign which forced the conference to back down on its rate revision and back off from making further suggestions of boycotting Malaysia and Singapore.

The success of the collective action also forced the Far Eastern Freight Conference to abandon a planned rate increase.

In May 1967, Singapore shippers decided to take another step in organising themselves. Following a meeting convened by the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce, the Shipping Freight Working Committee was formed to unify shippers against the unfair practices of the cartels, especially the much loathed contract system.

In September 10, 1971, a pro-tem committee was formed with a special mandate to form a national shippers’ council. With the full support of the Government, the Ministry of Finance’s Trade Division and the Economic Development Board,the SNSC was formally established on September 12, 1972,as a private organisation with voluntary membership. Its establishment marked a milestone in the effort of local shippers to unite themselves to break the cartelistic control of shipping conferences.

SNSC’s mission as a national body is to advance the collective interests of the business community in facilitating the movement of goods. The Council’svision is to be a driver for the shippers’ community in meeting the challenges of the 21st Century and the New Economy.

SNSC now plays a bigger role at the international level. It is one of the five key shippers’ councils in ASEAN, and since 2004, has served as Chairman ofthe Asian Shippers’ Council.


To represent the best interests of the shippers’ community to meet the new challenges in international trade.


To perform a dynamic role in supporting the community in their cargo movement transactions.

SNSC's Roles

The SNSC aims:
  • To be the representative voice for shippers and to provide guidance on sustainable industry practices and guidelines amongst the shippers’ community;
  • To update, communicate, feedback, facilitate with government and non-government organisations, national and international
  • To educate and equip the community with trade-related information and advice on movement of their goods; and
  • To provide suggestions on positive changes on key issues such as the maritime regulatory reform, security, piracy, custom and trade.


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