Nigeria Records More Exports Than Imports in Q2 2019
By Adedapo Adesanya
The newly released figures by Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) contained in the Foreign Trade and Goods report indicated that Nigeria recorded more of in exports than imports in the second quarter of 2019 than it did in the first quarter of the year.
The report showed that in the second quarter of 2019, the value of Nigeria’s total trade stood at N8.603 trillion with exports taking 53.4 percent equivalent to N4.596 trillion while imports comprised 46.6 percent valued at N4.007 trillion.
This also spelt that the value of total trade in Q2 2019 was higher by 4.4 percent when compared with Q1 2019 and 24.2 percent higher when compared with Q2 2018.
The value of total exports in Q2 2019 increased by 1.34 percent against the level recorded in Q1 2019 and 2.06 percent when compared with its value in the second quarter of 2018 while the value of exports for the first half of 2019 fell by one percent compared to the first half of 2018.
In the period under review, the value of total imports rose by 8.20 percent compared with Q1 2019, and by 65.21 percent over the corresponding quarter of 2018 while the value of imports for the first half of 2019 rose 43.63 percent over the corresponding period in 2018.
The report said during the period, trade balance remained favourable, valued at N588.8 billion however when combined with the Q1 2019 performance, the trade balance declined by 63.14 percent compared to the same period in 2018.
The value of total trade was 15.43 percent higher at half year 2019 than for the comparative period in 2018.
According to the report, the performance was largely as a result of stronger growth in the value of imports far outpacing growth in the value of exports which rose only marginally.
It also noted that the value of total exports has remained relatively stable since 2018, but the value of imports has maintained its steady rise, hence the reason for the decline in trade balance since half year 2018.
The report further stated that in the second quarter of 2019, crude oil remained Nigeria’s major export as it accounted for N3.93 trillion or 85.6 percent of total exports while non-crude oil exports contributed N661.6 billion or 14.37 percent.
India accounts as Nigeria’s major trading partner with 17.27 percent followed by Spain with 11.97 percent, while China leads Nigeria’s import partners, accounting for 25.47 percent of imported goods followed by imports from the United States with 10.53 percent.