The Intergovernmental Standing Committee on Shipping (ISCOS) is a Regional Maritime Organization operating in Eastern, Central and Southern African regions and whose current Member States are the States of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is mandated with the Promotion, Protection and Coordination of the Shipping and Maritime Interests of its Members and the Region at large. ISCOS’ Mandate is derived from the International nature of Shipping and Maritime affairs, the technical nature, complexities and geographical location of issues involved, the universality and commonality of Shipping and Maritime challenges facing the region and Africa at large, favoring collective rather than unilateral interventions measures, the need for effective protection of the interest of the region against adverse policies and practice of multinational service providers, harmonization of interests of land liked states with policies and practices of Coastal States, the interdependency of regional states in Maritime Trade due to shared Maritime bodies and facilities and universality of Shipping and Maritime Aspirations for the States in the Eastern, Southern and Northern African regions.

Our Leadership

Hon. Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala

ISCOS Chair – Minister of Works and Transport, Republic of Uganda

Mr. Daniel M. Kiange


Member States
ISCOS Organs

Trade Statics and Information

Get comprehensive, timely and reliable ISCOS updates on trade all around the region:

  • International Trade Statistics.
  • Infrastructure Statistics Bulletin.
  • Trends and statistics analysis.
  • Various stakeholders advisory, advocacy.




Shipping statistics and Information

  • Get to see traffic volumes through our ports.
  • Get to understand shipping matters and terminologies.
  • Be familiar with different container service options to get the service you expect.
  • Understand the various terms applied in shipping industry.





A Mobile based Trade Facilitation Platform:

  • For Reporting, Monitoring and Resolving Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs)
  • Providing Information to the Industry on various aspects of Freight Logistics and International Trade.
  • Accessed through a Mobile Application as well as several other Communication avenues both electronic and conventional (E-mail, Telephone, SMS)
  • Backed up by a back office of Freight Logistics experts who are available to provide Support to Freight Logistics as need may arise, in real time and on a continuous basis.


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ISCOS is currently constituted by five member states namely; Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo as full members. However, membership is open to other states in the Eastern, Central and Southern African States and any other states as may be determined by the Assembly as full member category. Membership is also open to organizations associated with maritime activities.

ISCOS is an acronym for Intergovernmental Standing Committee on Shipping.

Currently the Secretariat’s headquarters is in Mombasa, Kenya and a branch office was opened in Dar es Saalam, United Republic of Tanzania. However more offices can be opened if need arises.

It promotes and advocates for efficient and competitive Shipping and Maritime services in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.

ISCOS is mainly funded by its member states namely; Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Occasionally, some of ISCOS activity programs are co-funded by development partners.