Which Country Exports the Most Unmanufactured Tobacco in the World?

Tobacco February 01, 2018
Blog Blog  /  Tobacco
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Global unmanufactured tobacco exports amounted to 2,255 thousand tonnes in 2015, dropping by -5.5% against the previous year level. Overall, the global unmanufactured tobacco exports indicated a pronounced decline from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, was relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total export volume decreased at an average annual rate of -1.2% over the last eight years.

The growth pace was the most rapid in 2012, when the output figure increased by +9% from the previous year level. In that year, the global unmanufactured tobacco exports attained its maximum volume of 2,685 thousand tonnes. From 2013 to 2015, the total unmanufactured tobacco exports growth failed to regain its strength.

In value terms, global exports amounted to $10,964 million in 2015. Overall, the value of global exports increased tangibly from 2007 to 2015, expanding at an average annual rate of +3.2%. This trend pattern, however, indicated relatively mild fluctuations throughout the analyzed period.

Top Unmanufactured Tobacco Exporting Countries in the World

1. Brazil (498K Tonnes)

2. India (206K Tonnes)

3. Belgium (165K Tonnes)

4. China (154K Tonnes)

5. Zimbabwe (148K Tonnes)

6. Malawi (126K Tonnes)

7. Mozambique (68K Tonnes)

Unmanufactured Tobacco Imports By Country

The country with the largest volume of the unmanufactured tobacco exports in absolute volumes was Brazil (498 thousand tonnes), accounting for 22% of global exports. It was followed by India (206 thousand tonnes), with a share of 9% of global exports. Moreover, unmanufactured tobacco exports in Brazil exceeded the figures recorded by the world's second largest exporter, India, twofold. The third position in this ranking was occupied by Belgium with a share of 7%.

From 2007 to 2015, an average annual growth rate of unmanufactured tobacco exports in Brazil stood at -4.1%. The remaining exporting countries recorded the following average annual growth rates: India (+2.7% per year) and Belgium (+17.0% per year).

In value terms, Brazil (2,109 million USD), the United States (1,154 million USD) and Belgium (871 million USD) were the countries with the highest levels of exports in 2015, together accounting for 38% of total exports.

Belgium (+20.7% per year) had the highest growth rates of unmanufactured tobacco exports among the main exporting countries over the last eight years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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Source: World: Tobacco (Unmanufactured) - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025