Tobacco Market - Germany Remains the Largest Exporter of Cigarettes Containing Tobacco in the World, with $3.6b in 2014

Tobacco Products July 19, 2015
Author: Svetlana Sitkova
Head of Industrial Research Department

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Germany dominates in the global cigarettes containing tobacco trade. In 2014, Germany exported 154 thousand tonnes of cigarettes containing tobacco totaling 3.6 billion USD, 1% over the previous year. Its primary trading partner was Saudi Arabia, where it supplied 15.9% of its total exports on the tobacco market in value terms, accounting for 76.2% of Saudi Arabia's total imports.

From 2007 to 2014, Germany was a net exporter of cigarettes containing tobacco. Over this period, exports consistently exceeded imports in value terms. However, in physical terms, the difference was less pronounced.

Poland and the Netherlands were among the other main global suppliers of cigarettes containing tobacco in 2014. The fastest growing exporters from 2007 to 2014 were Poland (+20.5% per year) and Romania (+26.1% per year). By virtue of this rapid growth, Poland significantly strengthened its position in the global export structure.

In 2014, Germany's top 5 trading partners were Saudi Arabia, Italy, Spain, France and Japan, with a combined 59.7% share of Germany's cigarettes containing tobacco exports. The share of Saudi Arabia leaped +14.5 percentage points, while the share of Spain dipped -6.0 percentage points.

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Source: World: Cigarettes Containing Tobacco - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2020