Which Country Exports the Most Cigarettes in the World?

Tobacco Products May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Which Country Exports the Most Cigarettes in the World?

IndexBox has just published a new report "World: Cigarettes Containing Tobacco - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025". Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

In 2016, the amount of cigarettes imported worldwide totaled 1M tonnes, dropping by -13.3% against the previous year level. In general, cigarettes imports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2009, when it surged by 39% y-o-y. In that year, global cigarettes imports reached its maximum volume of 1.5M tonnes. From 2010 to 2016, growth of global cigarettes imports stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, cigarettes imports totaled $24B in 2016. The total import value increased at an average annual rate of +2.2% from 2007 to 2016- however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations over the period under review. Global cigarettes import peaked of $27B in 2013- however, from 2014 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Top Cigarettes Importing Countries in the World

1. Italy (2,108.3 million USD)

2. France (1,620.9 million USD)

3. USA (1,331.8 million USD)

4. Spain (1,318.9 million USD)

5. China, Hong Kong SAR (812.4 million USD)

6. Germany (783.1 million USD)

7. Singapore (769.1 million USD)

8. Netherlands (667.5 million USD)

9. Iraq (612.2 million USD)

10. Australia (584.7 million USD)

11. Czech Republic (312.5 million USD)

12. Cambodia (211.4 million USD)

Cigarettes Imports By Country

The U.S. (71K tonnes), Italy (69K tonnes), Germany (56K tonnes), Spain (55K tonnes), the Netherlands (49K tonnes), France (44K tonnes), Singapore (44K tonnes), Cambodia (41K tonnes), China, Hong Kong SAR (41K tonnes), Iraq (40K tonnes), Australia (28K tonnes), and Czech Republic (23K tonnes) represented roughly 55% of total imports of cigarettes in 2016.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of cigarettes imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by Iraq (nan% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, Italy ($2.1B), France ($1.6B) and the U.S. ($1.3B) were the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2016, together comprising 22% of global imports. These countries were followed by Spain, China, Hong Kong SAR, Germany, Singapore, the Netherlands, Iraq, Australia, Czech Republic and Cambodia, which together accounted for a further 26%.

Australia (+26.7% per year) recorded the highest growth rate of cigarettes imports, among the main importing countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Cigarettes Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for cigarettes amounted to $23 per kg, increasing by 18% against the previous year. Over the period from 2007 to 2016 it increased at an average annual rate of +3.0%.The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011, an increase of 19% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, average cigarettes import price reached its maximum level in 2016, and is expected to retain its growth in the near future.

Import prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest import prices was France ($36 per kg), while Cambodia ($5,194 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of cigarettes import prices was attained by Cambodia (+8.8% per year), while the other global leaders experienced mixed trends in the import price figures.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 2402 - Cigars, cheroots, cigarillos and cigarettes- of tobacco or of tobacco substitutes.

Source: World: Cigarettes Containing Tobacco - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025