Due to the almost nonexistent services of The Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST) at a time in Nigeria, a lot of individuals and corporate organizations in Nigeria had to resort to using private parcel delivery companies to ensure that their sent item gets to its destination safely. Some of the allegations made against NIPOST at the time range from outright theft, delays, extortion, parcels lost-in-transit, and unprofessionalism on the part of its staffs.
A lot of private investors saw the lapses as an opportunity to invest and decided to set up their own courier companies to operate within Nigeria and internationally. While some of them are doing really great and way better than NIPOST, a lot of them still offer crappy services that are nothing to brag about.
Some of the courier companies that have stood out however in terms of delivery, customer services and cost effectiveness include:
DHL is one of the oldest and most reliable courier companies not only in Nigeria, but globally. With DHL, you can ship your goods and send your letters to over 150 countries in the world. I have used DHL several times, and I have never been disappointed. However, the downside of using DHL is that it is very expensive and may not be affordable for the average Nigerian. Nonetheless, DHL remains a worldwide market leader.
2. United Parcel Service (UPS)
Closely following on the heels of DHL is United Postal Services (UPS), which also operates globally. UPS has been providing reliable and hassle-free package and has remained at the forefront of parcel delivery services in Nigeria for years.
3. EMS SpeedPost
If you are searching for affordable parcel delivery services with international delivery options and package tracking services, then try EMS SpeedPost. Although a lot of people might be skeptical about using EMS due to its affiliation with NIPOST, I can categorically confirm to you that EMS offers one of the best parcel delivery services in Nigeria.
10 Best Courier Services in Nigeria (UPDATED)
In the last few decades, the world has certainly become a global village.
And courier companies seem to have been responsible in a way by making the sending and receiving of parcels quite seamless no matter where you are located.
Really, it doesn’t matter whether you’re in an urban city or rural village because sending or receiving packages is now quite convenient.
In this article, we’ve evaluated the many courier companies in the country and have highlighted our best 10 below.
Zenith Carex International Limited
Located at Ajao Estate in Lagos, Zenith Carex International is one of the most reputable courier companies in the country.
Incorporated in 2002, Zenith Carex has grown from its humble beginning in Ajao Estate to over 40 offices spread across the country.
In addition to their courier service, the company is also involved in clearing and freight forwarding.
Overall, their services include:
- Courier services
- Custom clearing service
- In-country haulage
- Integrated logistics service support
Creaseada International Limited
Established in Ikeja in 1985, Creseada has maintained its reputation over the years has one of the major courier companies in the country.
Their corporate office is located in Ajao Estate, Lagos and they have branches in Abuja and Port Harcourt.
Generallly, their services include:
- Air Logistics
- Sea Logistics
- Overland Logistics
- Contract Logistics
- Project Logistics & Marine Services
- International Moving Services
Overall, Creseada has consistently provided efficient logistics and courier services to individuals, SMEs and multi-national companies.
With head office in Owerri, Imo State, ABC Cargo is an offshoot of the ABC Transport Company. The company was established in 1993 in Owerri, Imo State with the goal of becoming one of the top transport companies in Nigeria.
ABC Cargo isn’t only restricted to courier service, they are also involved in shipment handling and they also provide support services to other courier and logistic companies.
They operate a network of terminals and delivery points for their efficient services and have been known to offer their services to many reputable organizations.
It is easy to track your parcel or package with ABC and the company has been known to deliver top class service in the last couple of decades with testimonials from hundreds of satisfied clients.
DHL is one of the foremost logistics companies in the world with service in over 200 countries in the world. Currently, the company is reputed to be the largest logistics company in the world with over 340,000 employees.
Some of their trademark services which exist under various business units include: DHL Express, DHL Parcel, DHL eCommerce, DHL Global Forwarding, DHL Freight and DHL Supply Chain.
The DHL subsidiary in Nigeria is called DHL Nigeria and it extends its service to all the 36 states of the country. You can easily walk into any of their offices to drop your parcel and get it delivered to any part of the country.
Also, you can also deliver your parcel to or from any where in the world. However, there are some countries that have strict guidelines when it comes to delivering packages
Rowsy International Limited
Rowsy International is one of the leading courier companies in the country. They are also involved in logistics, freight forwarding and procurement services.
Rowsy has been able to form formidable alliances with leading airlines particularly Virgin Atlantic and Emirates which has further improve their efficiency as a courier company.
The company was established in 2004 and has grown since its launch to include a large network across the world in cities like London, Dubai, New York, Beijing, and Lagos.
United Parcel Service popularly called UPS has been in existence for more than 100 years and they have consistently delivered value in terms of their service offering.
UPS can be found in almost every nation in the world and they are known to provide convenient and efficient courier service.
EMS was established in Nigeria in 1986 as a courier arm of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST).
Their service is quite efficient with a standard domestic delivery time of 24 to 48 hours while international delivery can take up to 72 hours.
EMS has a wide network in Nigeria with presence in over 400 locations and every local government in the country.
Sky Net Worldwide Express Nigeria
Sky Net is another prominent courier service company. The company was established in U.S.A in 1972 and has grown to over 1000 strategic offices all across the world.
Sky Net is a technology driven international logistics company providing door to door mail and parcel delivery service.
Their office in Nigeria is located in Oshodi, Lagos and it is operated by the CFL Global Express Limited.
Fed Express is arguably the inventor of express distribution. Their service is spread across 220 countries in the world.
As a client in Nigeria, Fed Express can connect you to any of these countries within 1 to 3 business days.
The company is also committed to providing environmental friendly solution which increases efficiency and reduces waste and emissions
You can easily track your parcel when using Fed Express by inputing the tracking number. Also, you will be sent a proof of delivery once your package reaches its destination.
Red Star Express
Located in Oshodi, Lagos, Red Star Express is a major provider of courier services in Nigeria. Their services include:
- Air Express
For shipments that are quite time sensitive, this service is just perfect to meet your need.
- Bulk mail
The bulk mail is specialized for bulk document deliveries such as company annual reports, share offer forms, share certificates etc
- Inbound collect
This involves ordering for shipment to any part of the world but your can pay locally for the cost of delivery.
Red Star can also serve as third party logistics service for e-commerce companies and this is particularly a major strength since the company has been known to reach virtually every part of the country.