Tobacco Cigarettes Exports by Country

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Global sales from tobacco cigarettes exports by country amounted to US$21.2 billion in 2016.

Overall, the value of tobacco cigarettes exports were down by an average -8.6% for all exporting countries since 2012 when tobacco cigarettes shipments were valued at $23.2 billion. Year over year, the value of global tobacco cigarette exports appreciated by a modest 0.4% from 2015 to 2016.

Among continents, European countries accounted for the highest dollar value in tobacco cigarettes exports during 2016 with shipments amounting to $12.6 billion or 59.3% of worldwide exported cigarettes. Asia supplied 31.9% of the global total, followed by North American cigarette providers at 5.7%.

African shipped 1.5% worth of cigarettes. Latin America (excluding Mexico) and Caribbean nations was close behind at 1.1%, while Oceania (mainly New Zealand and Australia) came in at 0.5%.

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for cigarettes containing tobacco is 240220.

Tobacco Cigarettes Exports by Country


Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of tobacco cigarettes during 2016:

  1. Germany: US$3.6 billion (16.8% of total tobacco cigarettes exports)
  2. Poland: $1.9 billion (8.8%)
  3. Netherlands: $1.6 billion (7.4%)
  4. Singapore: $1.1 billion (5.4%)
  5. Hong Kong: $1.1 billion (5.3%)
  6. South Korea: $981.6 million (4.6%)
  7. United States: $952 million (4.5%)
  8. Romania: $820.6 million (3.9%)
  9. Czech Republic: $818.3 million (3.9%)
  10. Indonesia: $738.3 million (3.5%)
  11. Portugal: $656.9 million (3.1%)
  12. China: $634.8 million (3%)
  13. Switzerland: $537.4 million (2.5%)
  14. Ukraine: $510.6 million (2.4%)
  15. Turkey: $496 million (2.3%)

The listed 15 countries shipped over three-quarters (77.3%) of global exports in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing tobacco cigarettes exporters since 2012 were: United States (up 166.5%), Ukraine (up 128.3%), Czech Republic (up 82.6%) and South Korea (up 61.9%).

Only three of these top suppliers posted declines in their exported cigarettes sales: Netherlands (down -48.1%), Germany (down -13%) and Switzerland (down -7.5%).


The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for tobacco cigarettes during 2016. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the surplus between the value of each country’s tobacco cigarettes exports and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. Germany: US$2.9 billion (net export surplus down -12.7% since 2012)
  2. Poland: $1.7 billion (up 4.9%)
  3. South Korea: $954.0 million (up 64.4%)
  4. Netherlands: $950.2 million (down -61.3%)
  5. Romania: $745.9 million (up 50.6%)
  6. Indonesia: $721.1 million (up 26.7%)
  7. Portugal: $541.3 million (up 58.4%)
  8. United States: $518.8 million (up 212.2%)
  9. Czech Republic: $508.9 million (up 108.2%)
  10. Switzerland: $504.3 million (down -10.4%)
  11. Turkey: $495.9 million (up 48.8%)
  12. Ukraine: $405.6 million (up 171.5%)
  13. Singapore: $387.6 million (up 182.1%)
  14. Hong Kong: $380.3 million (up 30.3%)

Germany has the highest surplus in the international trade of tobacco cigarettes. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms Germany’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.


The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for tobacco cigarettes during 2016. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the deficit between the value of each country’s tobacco cigarettes import purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. Japan: -US$3 billion (net export deficit down -39.7% since 2012)
  2. Italy: -$2.1 billion (down -21%)
  3. France: -$1.3 billion (down -3.7%)
  4. Saudi Arabia: -$1.2 billion (up 34.1%)
  5. Spain: -$1.1 billion (up 9.3%)
  6. Vietnam: -$755.4 million (down -422.9%)
  7. United Arab Emirates: -$624 million (down -160.1%)
  8. Australia: -$548.3 million (up 353.4%)
  9. Taiwan: -$436.6 million (down -6.1%)
  10. Belgium: -$333.1 million (up 28.2%)
  11. Cambodia: -$322.3 million (up 125.3%)
  12. Iraq: -$272.7 million (down -7.2%)
  13. Israel: -$212.2 million (up 11.5%)
  14. Austria: -$212.1 million (down -54%)
  15. Iran: -$211.8 million (down -75.8%)

Japan incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of tobacco cigarettes. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights Japan’s strong competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for tobacco cigarettes-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful demand from Japanese consumers.


Tobacco Cigarettes Exporting Companies

Based on the Forbes 2015 Global 2000 rankings, the following tobacco companies are among the top largest companies in the world:

  • Philip Morris International (United States)
  • British American Tobacco (United Kingdom)
  • Japan Tobacco (Japan)
  • Altria Group (United States)
  • Imperial Tobacco Group (United Kingdom)
  • Reynolds American (United States)
  • ITC (India)
  • Lorillard (United States)
  • KT&G (South Korea)
  • Gudang Garam (Indonesia)

The above corporations are presented in the same order as they appear in the Forbes listing. Shown within parentheses is the country where each conglomerate has its headquarters.

According to global trade intelligence firm Zepol, the following are also multinational suppliers of tobacco cigarettes:

  • Bommidala Enterprises (India)
  • Cia Sulamericana De Tabacos (Brazil)
  • Gunvor International (Netherlands)
  • Joh Wilh Von Eicken (Germany)
  • Majestica Enterprises (Hong Kong)
  • Scandinavian Tobacco (Poland)
  • Tabacalera Hondurena (Honduras)

Searchable List of Tobacco Cigarettes Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2016 Cigarette Exports% World Total
1.GermanyUS$3.6 billion16.8%
2.Poland$1.9 billion8.8%
3.Netherlands$1.6 billion7.4%
4.Singapore$1.1 billion5.4%
5.Hong Kong$1.1 billion5.3%
6.South Korea$981.6 million4.6%
7.United States$952 million4.5%
8.Romania$820.6 million3.9%
9.Czech Republic$818.3 million3.9%
10.Indonesia$738.3 million3.5%
11.Portugal$656.9 million3.1%
12.China$634.8 million3%
13.Switzerland$537.4 million2.5%
14.Ukraine$510.6 million2.4%
15.Turkey$496 million2.3%
16.Russia$451 million2.1%
17.Lithuania$400.4 million1.9%
18.Greece$334.4 million1.6%
19.United Arab Emirates$287.8 million1.4%
20.Serbia$277.2 million1.3%
21.Malaysia$213.6 million1%
22.Armenia$210.1 million1%
23.Japan$191.9 million0.9%
24.Mexico$161.7 million0.8%
25.Bulgaria$156.2 million0.7%
26.South Africa$129.6 million0.6%
27.Oman$112.6 million0.5%
28.Kazakhstan$110.4 million0.5%
29.Spain$108.4 million0.5%
30.India$105.8 million0.5%
31.Chile$98.7 million0.5%
32.Canada$95.2 million0.4%
33.France$93.6 million0.4%
34.Vietnam$92.3 million0.4%
35.Philippines$89.3 million0.4%
36.Luxembourg$88.6 million0.4%
37.Taiwan$85.3 million0.4%
38.Belgium$68.1 million0.3%
39.Senegal$60.6 million0.3%
40.United Kingdom$57.8 million0.3%
41.New Zealand$55.9 million0.3%
42.Hungary$54.5 million0.3%
43.Thailand$51.7 million0.2%
44.Nigeria$46 million0.2%
45.Australia$45.9 million0.2%
46.Macao$41.1 million0.2%
47.Croatia$38 million0.2%
48.Latvia$37.4 million0.2%
49.Kenya$34.7 million0.2%
50.Honduras$31.6 million0.1%
51.Paraguay$16.8 million0.1%
52.Trinidad/Tobago$16.4 million0.1%
53.Belarus$16.4 million0.1%
54.Uruguay$16.3 million0.1%
55.Argentina$14.2 million0.1%
56.Macedonia$13 million0.1%
57.Costa Rica$12.9 million0.1%
58.Kyrgyzstan$12.5 million0.1%
59.Laos$12.3 million0.1%
60.Denmark$11.9 million0.1%
61.Georgia$10.4 million0.05%
62.Côte d'Ivoire$9.3 million0.04%
63.Bosnia/Herzegovina$8.9 million0.04%
64.Moldova$8 million0.04%
65.Panama$7.9 million0.04%
66.Sweden$7.3 million0.03%
67.Zimbabwe$7.3 million0.03%
68.Estonia$6.7 million0.03%
69.Colombia$6.4 million0.03%
70.Mauritius$6.4 million0.03%
71.Fiji$6.3 million0.03%
72.Belize$5.6 million0.03%
73.Burundi$5.1 million0.02%
74.Cambodia$4.9 million0.02%
75.Myanmar (Burma)$4.6 million0.02%
76.Sri Lanka$4.3 million0.02%
77.Cuba$4.1 million0.02%
78.Finland$3.8 million0.02%
79.Brazil$3.7 million0.02%
80.Saudi Arabia$3.5 million0.02%
81.Niger$3.3 million0.02%
82.Bahrain$2.6 million0.01%
83.Cyprus$2.6 million0.01%
84.Italy$2.6 million0.01%
85.Dominican Republic$2.6 million0.01%
86.Seychelles$2 million0.01%
87.Tanzania$1.9 million0.01%
88.Namibia$1.6 million0.01%
89.Pakistan$1.5 million0.01%
90.North Korea$1.5 million0.01%
91.Barbados$1.3 million0.01%
92.Suriname$1.2 million0.01%
93.Morocco$1.2 million0.01%
94.Malawi$1.1 million0.01%
95.Cameroon$1 million0.005%
96.Lebanon$1 million0.005%
104.Saint Lucia$352,0000.002%
113.Sierra Leone$161,0000.001%
114.Marshall Islands$159,0000.001%
118.Papua New Guinea$122,0000.001%
119.Saint Helena$91,0000.0004%
121.British Virgin Is.$53,0000.0002%
132.El Salvador$12,0000.0001%
146.Solomon Islands$1,0000.00000%

See also Coffee Exports by Country, Tea Exports by Country, Germany’s Top 10 Exports and Germany’s Top Import Partners

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 27, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 27, 2017

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 27, 2017

Wikipedia, Category: Tobacco companies. Accessed on May 27, 2017

Zepol’s company summary highlights by HTS code. Accessed on May 27, 2017