Which Country Exports the Most Cigarettes in the World?

Tobacco Products May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

In 2016, approx. 1.3M tonnes of cigarettes were exported worldwide; approximately equating the previous year figure. In general, cigarettes exports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2012, when export increased by 9% y-o-y. Global cigarettes export peaked of 1.5M tonnes in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

In value terms, cigarettes exports totaled $23B in 2016. The total export value increased at an average annual rate of +2.3% from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations over the period under review. Global cigarettes export peaked of $27B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Cigarettes Exporting Countries in the World

1. Germany (3.7 billion USD)

2. Poland (1.9 billion USD)

3. Singapore (1.2 billion USD)

4. USA (1.0 billion USD)

5. South Korea (1.0 billion USD)

6. United Arab Emirates (0.8 billion USD)

7. Romania (0.8 billion USD)

8. Indonesia (0.8 billion USD)

9. Dominican Republic (0.7 billion USD)

10. Turkey (0.5 billion USD)

11. Russia (0.5 billion USD)

12. Lithuania (0.4 billion USD)

Cigarettes Exports By Country

Germany (159K tonnes), and Poland (131K tonnes) represented roughly 22% of total exports of cigarettes in 2016. Indonesia (85K tonnes) held a 6% share (based on tonnes) of global cigarettes exports, which put it in second place, following the U.S. (5%), and South Korea (5%). Turkey (59K tonnes), Singapore (57K tonnes), Romania (49K tonnes), Russia (40K tonnes), United Arab Emirates (39K tonnes), Lithuania (38K tonnes), and the Dominican Republic (37K tonnes) followed a long way behind this figure.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of cigarettes exports, among the main exporting countries, was attained by Romania (+20.4% per year), while the other global leaders experienced mixed trends in the exports figures.

In value terms, Germany ($3.7B) remains the largest cigarettes supplier in the world, making up 16% of global exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Poland ($1.9B), with the share of 8% of global exports. It was followed by Singapore, with the share of 5%.

In Germany, cigarettes exports stood at an average annual rate of +0.4% over the period from 2007-2016. In the other countries, the average annual rates were as follows: Poland (+12.9% per year) and Singapore (+13.8% per year).

Cigarettes Export Prices By Country

The average cigarettes export price stood at $17 per kg in 2016, declining by -3.6% against the previous year. Over the period from 2007 to 2016 it increased at an average annual rate of +1.7%.The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2008, when export increased by 12% against the previous year level. Over the period under review, average cigarettes export price attained its maximum level of $18 per kg in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

There were significant differences in the average export prices amongst major exporting countries. In 2016, the country with the highest export prices was Germany ($24 per kg), while Turkey ($8,382 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of cigarettes export prices was attained by Indonesia (+5.1% per year), while the other global leaders experienced mixed trends in the export 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