Oil and natural gas are the most important export products for Nigerian trade. The country exports approximately 2.327 million barrels per day, according to the 2007 figures. In terms of total oil exports, Nigeria ranks 8th in the world. As of 2009, Nigeria has approximately 36.2 billion barrel oil reserves. Despite large scale liberalization efforts, this sector is under close check of the government agencies. Nigerian National Oil Corporation (NNOC) is the regulatory body for the oil and natural gas sector.
Prior to oil production, which surged after the 1970s, agricultural production was the largest export sector for Nigeria. After the country became a largely oil-intensive economy, the agriculture sector took a back seat. However, it still provides employment to almost 70% of the total working population.
According to the 2009 figures, the country’s total export volumes stand at US$45.43 billion. Major items of export are oil products, cocoa and timber. The UK and the US are the largest trade partners for Nigerian exports.