Nigeria earned about N305.1billion within the first three months of 2013, figures obtained from the National Bureau of Statistics indicate.
A breakdown of the figures highlighted under “2013 Export First Quarter” in the NBS’ report on ‘Merchandise Trade’, showed that export from natural rubber was N158.38 billion; raw cocoa beans attracted N62.198 billion; Sesame seeds, N20,76 billion; cotton yarn, N16.44 billion; and Leather products, N8.56 billion.
Similarly, within the period under review, the export value of flowers and buds stood at N8.19 billion; footwear, N7.07 billion; tanned or crust hides, N5.41 billion; frozen shrimps and prawns, N4.96 billion; ginger, N4.09 billion; sacks and bags, N3.84 billion; cigarettes, N2.75 billion; and aluminum alloys, N2.54 billion.
The exports mentioned above, which are captured under the sub-heading, “2013 Export First Quarter” in the NBS report, totaled about N305 billion.
However, the NBS further said, “Analysis on exports by section revealed that mineral products contributed N3,034.2billion or 87.9 percent of total exports during the quarter, followed by plastic, rubber and associated articles with N168.1billionn or 4.9 percent; and prepared foodstuffs, beverages, spirit, vinegar and tobacco with N115.2billion or 3.3 percent.
“Exports to various continents showed that Europe ranked first with N1.66 billion or 48 percent of total exports, followed by the Americas with N830.2 billion or 24.1 percent; Asia with N591.8billion or 17.1 percent and Africa with N304.2billion or 8.8 percent.” Meanwhile, crude oil exports stood at N3, 030.7 billion during the first quarter of 2013, the NBS said, representing a decrease of N1.07 billion or 26.1 percent when compared with the previous quarter.
Based on the Bureau’s statistics, analysts linked the drop in exports to the significant decrease in crude oil export. Out of the exports to Africa, however, the report noted that ECOWAS contributed N178.2billion or 58.6 percent.
Exports by country of destination showed that United States took the lead with N414.1 billion, followed by Netherlands with N386.0bllion; Brazil with N343.0billion, India with N332.6billion and Spain with N327.6billion.
The NBS added that exports to various continents showed that Europe ranked first with N1.66 billion or 48 percent of total exports, followed by the United States with N830.2billion or 24.1 percent; Asia with N591.8billion or 17.1 percent and Africa with N304.2billion or 8.8 percent. Out of the exports to Africa, ECOWAS contributed N178.2billion or 58.6 percent.
Furthermore, exports by country of destination showed that the United States took the lead with N414.1 billion, followed by Netherlands with N386.0 billion; Brazil (N343.0billion); India (N332.6billion) and Spain (N327.6billion). Non-oil exports have become a major contributor to the growth of the country’s Gross Domestic Product within the last one year.
The Central Bank of Nigeria had said that the industrial sector contributed 66.9 percent of the Federal Government’s non-oil earnings in the first quarter of 2013. The apex bank, which made this known in its economic report for the first quarter of this year, noted that this represented an increase of 15.1 and 9.3 percent over the preceding and corresponding quarter in 2012, respectively.
…to export 63 cargoes of crude in September
By MICHAEL EBOH with Agency Report
Nigeria will export 63 cargoes of crude oil, totaling 58.2 million barrels or 1.94 barrels per day for the month of September 2013, according to data obtained from Bloomberg.
With cargoes ranging in size from 250,000 to one million barrels, the report said this will keep Nigeria’s daily crude exports for September little changed from August, and will cover 17 grades excluding Bonny Light.
Breakdown of the crude export loading programme shows that the country will ship 12 consignments of Qua Iboe grade, seven of Agbami, five each of Brass, Akpo, Bonga and Forcados, four of Usan, three each of Amenam, Erha, Escravos and Antan, two each of Yoho and Okono, and one each of Abo, EA, Okwori and Pennington.
Traders with knowledge of the loading program, however stated that i remains unclear whether Nigeria will export Bonny Light in September, especially as no shipments for this grade were planned for August.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc declared force majeure on exports of Bonny Light after closing the Nembe Creek Trunkline on April 15 to remove connections oil thieves used on the pipeline. Force majeure is a legal step that protects a company from liability when it can’t fulfill a contract for reasons beyond its control.
Loading programs are monthly schedules of crude shipments compiled by field operators to allow buyers and sellers to plan their supply and trading activities.