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Nigeria’s trade surplus surges to N6.5trn amid rising exports – NBS

Nigeria’s trade surplus surges to N6.5trn amid rising exports – NBS

Nigeria’s trade surplus rose to N6.52 trillion in the first quarter of 2024, according to the latest foreign trade statistics report released on Sunday.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) report shows that the country recorded a positive trade balance of N6.52 trillion for the sixth straight quarter in Q1, a 79.1 percent increase from N3.64 trillion in the previous quarter. It also jumped from N20.9 billion on a year-on-year basis.

A trade surplus, an economic measure of a positive trade balance, occurs when a country’s exports exceed its imports.

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Total merchandise trade in Africa’s most populous nation stood at N31.8 trillion in Q1, an increase of 46.3 percent over the value recorded in the preceding quarter and rose by 145.6 percent compared to the value recorded in the corresponding period of 2023.

“Data revealed that export accounted for 60.3 percent of total trade in the reviewed quarter with a value of N19.2 trillion, showing an increase of 51 percent compared to the value recorded in Q4 (N12.7 trillion) and by 195.5 percent over the value recorded in Q1 2023 (N6.48 trillion),” the NBS report said.

It said exports trade in Q1 was dominated by crude oil exports valued at N15.4 trillion representing 80.8 percent of total exports while the value of non-crude oil exports stood at N3.68 trillion accounting for 19.20 percent of total exports; of which non-oil products contributed N1.78 trillion or 9.28 percent of total exports.

“On the other hand, the share of total imports accounted for 39.7 percent of total trade in Q1 with the value of imports amounting to N12.6 trillion. This value indicates an increase of 39.6 percent over the value recorded in Q4 (N9.05 trillion) and rose by 95.5 percent compared to the value recorded in Q1 2023 (N6.47 trillion).”

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China ranked highest among the top trading partners on the import side in Q1, followed by India, the United States of America, Belgium, and The Netherlands.

The most traded commodities were Motor spirit ordinary, Gas oil, Durum wheat (Not in seeds), Cane sugar meant for sugar refinery, and Other Liquefied petroleum gases and other gaseous hydrocarbons.