Nigerians imported N2.01 trillion worth of cargos from China in the first quarter of 2021, leading other import partners.
According to a latest report by the Foreign Trade in Goods Statistics report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), other countries that recorded the highest shipment to Nigeria are The Netherlands with imports valued at (N726.1billion), and the USA (N608.1billion).
India (N589.1billion) and Belgium (N238.5billion), Germany (N190.1billion), Russia (N189.6billion), Italy (N178.3billion), United Kingdom (N133.4billion) and South Korea (N129.6billion) are also Nigeria’s top import partners in Q1 2021, according to NBS.
The value of cargo throughput recorded by the different at the seaport across Nigeria increase significantly in the first quarter of 2021.
Cargo shipments increased by 54.3 per cent from N4.44 trillion in the first quarter of 2020 to N6.85 trillion in the same period in 2021.
According to NBS, this is the highest quarterly import recorded in the country in over 12 years.
Total trade in the period stood at N9.76 trillion, 14 per cent higher than N8.55 trillion recorded in Q1 2020.
A breakdown of the imports showed that Nigeria imported petrol worth N687.74 billion in the review period, representing a 19.88 per cent increase compared to N573.69 billion in Q4 2020.