Nigeria has scored high in the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
This was confirmed by new statistics released by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) of commodities handled at Nigerian ports in the first half of 2013.
“During the period under review, LNG exports recorded the highest commodity export with a tonnage of 8,462,535 metric tonnes,” the General Manager, Public Affairs, NPA, Capt. Iheanacho Ebubeogu, stated in a press release, a copy of which was made available to SHIPS & PORTS DAILY.
According to him, a total of 1,028,843 metric tonnes of refined petroleum products were exported through the ports.
Ebubeogu explained that condensate export amounted to 151,146 metric tonnes in the first half of this year.
In the general cargo category exports, the NPA spokesperson said that “containerised cargo came on top in the first half of 2013, with a tonnage of 752,275 metric tonnes, while agricultural products handled at the ports amounted to 394,238 metric tonnes.”
Under generalised cargoes of the imports column, during the review period, the tonnage of containerised cargo stood at 5,470,379 metric tonnes.
“The total tonnage of construction materials imported into the country amounted to 262,565 metric tonnes, while agricultural products was 154,917 metric tonnes in the first half of 2013,” Ebubeogu stated.
On dry bulk cargo, he said: “Wheat grain/offal recorded the highest import in this category, with a total of 1,913,511 metric tonnes in the half-year report performance review “Cement import stood at 821,982 metric tonnes, fertilizer recorded 492,538 metric tonnes, and sugar import amounted to 715,255 metric tonnes, while bitumen and rice imports contributed 18,827 metric tonnes and 90,159 metric tonnes respectively.”
On liquid bulk cargo, Ebubeogu added: “Refined petroleum products imports handled at the ports were 8,790,980 metric tonnes, while bitumen witnessed a total import figure of 135,935 metric tonnes in the period under review.”