Tobacco Cigarettes Imports by Country

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International purchases of imported tobacco cigarettes cost a total US$22.1 billion in 2018.

Overall the value of imported tobacco cigarettes retreated -8.8% for all importing countries since 2014 when international purchases of tobacco cigarettes were valued at $24.3 billion. Year over year, imported tobacco cigarettes depreciated by -12.5% from 2017 to 2018.

From a continental perspective, European countries spent the most on imported tobacco cigarettes during 2018 with purchases costing $10.4 billion or 47.1% of the global total. In second place were Asian importers at 41.5%. Smaller percentages were bought by customers in Africa (3.8%), Oceania (3.5%) led by Australia and New Zealand, North America (1.9%), then Latin America (1.8%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean.

For research purposes, the 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 240220 for tobacco cigarettes.

Tobacco Cigarettes Imports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that paid the most for imported tobacco cigarettes during 2018.

  1. Japan: US$2.4 billion (10.9% of total cigarettes imports)
  2. Italy: $2.1 billion (9.6%)
  3. Spain: $1.5 billion (6.7%)
  4. France: $1.2 billion (5.3%)
  5. Germany: $1.1 billion (5%)
  6. Vietnam: $959.7 million (4.3%)
  7. Singapore: $836.7 million (3.8%)
  8. Hong Kong: $817.2 million (3.7%)
  9. Australia: $645.2 million (2.9%)
  10. Netherlands: $627.5 million (2.8%)
  11. China: $615.9 million (2.8%)
  12. United Arab Emirates: $524 million (2.4%)
  13. Belgium: $414.9 million (1.9%)
  14. United States: $401.2 million (1.8%)
  15. United Kingdom: $397.8 million (1.8%)

By value, the listed 15 countries purchased almost two-thirds (65.7%) of all tobacco cigarettes imported in 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage of overall tobacco cigarettes shipments for each importer.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for cigarettes since 2014 were: Vietnam (up 60,870%), Australia (up 47.7%), Netherlands (up 39.9%) and Germany (up 34.5%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported cigarettes purchases were led by: United Arab Emirates (down -67.2%), Japan (down -27.9%), France (down -23%) and Belgium (down -7.9%).

Japan

Tobacco Cigarettes Imports into Japan

Japan’s global purchases of imported tobacco cigarettes totaled US$2.4 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Japan imported the highest dollar value worth of tobacco cigarettes during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. South Korea: US$587.8 million (up 207.1% from 2014)
  2. Ukraine: $470.4 million (no 2014 data)
  3. Lithuania: $460.2 million (up 1015.7%)
  4. Switzerland: $445.5 million (down -21.6%)
  5. Serbia: $332.8 million (up 1396.5%)
  6. Poland: $30.2 million (down -85.4%)
  7. Germany: $18.6 million (down -92.8%)
  8. China: $16.1 million (up 7.2%)
  9. Turkey: $12.9 million (down -83.7%)
  10. Taiwan: $10.4 million (down -41.7%)
  11. Mexico: $9.1 million (no 2014 data)
  12. Singapore: $7.2 million (down -90.2%)
  13. Czech Republic: $6.8 million (down -50.6%)
  14. Indonesia: $2.8 million (up 17.4%)
  15. Luxembourg: $1.7 million (up 22.3%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 99.9% of Japan’s tobacco cigarettes imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cigarettes to Japan since 2014 were: Serbia (up 1,397%), Lithuania (up 1,016%), South Korea (up 207.1%) and Luxembourg (up 22.3%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cigarettes supplied to Japanese importers included: Germany (down -92.8%), Singapore (down -90.2%), Poland (down -85.4%) and Turkey (down -83.7%).

Overall, the value of Japan’s cigarettes imports fell by an average -27.9% from all supplying countries since 2014 when cigarettes purchases were valued at $3.4 billion.

Italy

Tobacco Cigarettes Imports into Italy

Italy’s global purchases of imported tobacco cigarettes totaled US$2.1 billion in 2018. Below are the top 13 suppliers from which Italy imported the highest dollar value worth of tobacco cigarettes during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Germany: US$705 million (up 33.3% from 2014)
  2. Poland: $355.3 million (up 40.6%)
  3. Czech Republic: $326.3 million (up 11.9%)
  4. Romania: $325.4 million (down -51.1%)
  5. Portugal: $227.7 million (up 205.8%)
  6. Netherlands: $147.5 million (down -64.6%)
  7. Croatia: $17.1 million (no 2014 data)
  8. Lithuania: $16.3 million (no 2014 data)
  9. Luxembourg: $3.6 million (down -10.4%)
  10. Bulgaria: $3.4 million (up 653.7%)
  11. Hungary: $1.2 million (no 2014 data)
  12. France: $176,000 (down -98.3%)
  13. Russia: $1,000 (no 2014 data)

By value, the listed 13 countries shipped 100% of Italy’s tobacco cigarettes imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cigarettes to Italy since 2014 were: Bulgaria (up 653.7%), Portugal (up 205.8%), Poland (up 40.6%) and Germany (up 33.3%).

Four countries experienced declines in the value of exported tobacco cigarettes sold to Italian importers namely: France (down -98.3%), Netherlands (down -64.6%), Romania (down -51.1%) and Luxembourg (down -10.4%).

Overall, the value of Italy’s tobacco cigarettes imports diminished by an average -5.7% from all supplying countries since 2014 when tobacco cigarettes purchases were valued at $2.3 billion.

Spain

Tobacco Cigarettes Imports into Spain

Spain’s global purchases of imported tobacco cigarettes totaled US$1.5 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Spain imported the highest dollar value worth of tobacco cigarettes during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Germany: US$748.5 million (up 24.1% from 2014)
  2. Portugal: $344.6 million (down -24.9%)
  3. Poland: $277.1 million (up 251.1%)
  4. United Kingdom: $40.9 million (up 38.6%)
  5. Czech Republic: $19.2 million (up 162.9%)
  6. Romania: $16.5 million (up 3126.3%)
  7. Luxembourg: $11.7 million (up 10.8%)
  8. Greece: $9.5 million (up 86.8%)
  9. Netherlands: $8.5 million (down -82.8%)
  10. Bulgaria: $3 million (up 223.4%)
  11. Cuba: $1.2 million (down -32.3%)
  12. Croatia: $917,000 (down -3.2%)
  13. Paraguay: $603,000 (up 33.1%)
  14. Hungary: $408,000 (up 8.5%)
  15. Switzerland: $122,000 (up 19.6%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 99.99% of Spain’s tobacco cigarettes imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cigarettes to Spain since 2014 were: Romania (up 3,126%), Poland (up 251.1%), Bulgaria (up 223.4%) and Czech Republic (up 162.9%).

Four countries experienced declines in the value of their cigarettes supplied to Spanish importers namely: Netherlands (down -82.8%), Cuba (down -32.3%), Portugal (down -24.9%) and Croatia (down -3.2%).

Overall, the value of Spain’s cigarettes imports rose by an average 17% from all supplying countries since 2014 when cigarettes purchases were valued at $1.3 billion.

France

Tobacco Cigarettes Imports into France

France’s global purchases of imported tobacco cigarettes totaled US$1.2 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which France imported the highest dollar value worth of tobacco cigarettes during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Netherlands: US$573.4 million (up 23.9% from 2014)
  2. Germany: $395.5 million (up 24.6%)
  3. Poland: $117.5 million (down -81.5%)
  4. Portugal: $47.8 million (up 339.6%)
  5. Lithuania: $10.1 million (down -57.4%)
  6. Luxembourg: $7.8 million (down -34.1%)
  7. Romania: $5.5 million (up 69262.5%)
  8. Switzerland: $3.6 million (down -33.1%)
  9. Belgium: $2.3 million (up 194.7%)
  10. United Kingdom: $852,000 (down -97.8%)
  11. Czech Republic: $784,000 (up 70.8%)
  12. Greece: $717,000 (down -39.3%)
  13. Hungary: $545,000 (up 5,350%)
  14. Chile: $312,000 (up 380%)
  15. United States: $221,000 (up 7,267%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 99.5% of France’s tobacco cigarettes imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cigarettes to France since 2014 were: Romania (up 69,263%), United States (up 7,267%), Hungary (up 5,350%) and Chile (up 380%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cigarettes supplied to French importers included: United Kingdom (down -97.8%), Poland (down -81.5%), Lithuania (down -57.4%) and Greece (down -39.3%).

Overall, the value of France’s cigarettes imports decreased by an average -23% from all supplying countries since 2014 when cigarettes purchases were valued at $1.5 billion.



 

Searchable List of Tobacco Cigarettes Importer Countries in 2018

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RankImporterCigarettes Imports (US$)%World Total
1.Japan$2.4 billion10.9%
2.Italy$2.1 billion9.6%
3.Spain$1.5 billion6.7%
4.France$1.2 billion5.3%
5.Germany$1.1 billion5%
6.Vietnam$959.7 million4.3%
7.Singapore$836.7 million3.8%
8.Hong Kong$817.2 million3.7%
9.Australia$645.2 million2.9%
10.Netherlands$627.5 million2.8%
11.China$615.9 million2.8%
12.United Arab Emirates$524 million2.4%
13.Belgium$414.9 million1.9%
14.United States$401.2 million1.8%
15.United Kingdom$397.8 million1.8%
16.Czech Republic$368.9 million1.7%
17.Cambodia$329.7 million1.5%
18.Thailand$266.5 million1.2%
19.Iraq$265 million1.2%
20.Austria$264.2 million1.2%
21.Israel$201.5 million0.9%
22.Malaysia$193 million0.9%
23.Taiwan$187.4 million0.8%
24.Georgia$185.3 million0.8%
25.Slovakia$171.4 million0.8%
26.Greece$165.1 million0.7%
27.Sweden$161.2 million0.7%
28.Norway$151.6 million0.7%
29.Russia$148.7 million0.7%
30.Romania$143.2 million0.6%
31.Azerbaijan$139.7 million0.6%
32.Bahrain$135.3 million0.6%
33.Morocco$120.8 million0.5%
34.Portugal$119.4 million0.5%
35.Hungary$115.9 million0.5%
36.Saudi Arabia$113.4 million0.5%
37.Denmark$106.5 million0.5%
38.Panama$106.5 million0.5%
39.Luxembourg$106.1 million0.5%
40.New Zealand$104.7 million0.5%
41.South Africa$97.5 million0.4%
42.Kazakhstan$96.5 million0.4%
43.Finland$96 million0.4%
44.Kuwait$90.6 million0.4%
45.Libya$89.1 million0.4%
46.Bulgaria$86.4 million0.4%
47.South Korea$83.7 million0.4%
48.Latvia$83.2 million0.4%
49.Lithuania$78.5 million0.4%
50.Kyrgyzstan$78.3 million0.4%
51.Slovenia$76.5 million0.3%
52.Macao$70.8 million0.3%
53.Croatia$70.3 million0.3%
54.Lebanon$68.3 million0.3%
55.Mauritius$62.8 million0.3%
56.Syria$59 million0.3%
57.Egypt$58.5 million0.3%
58.Moldova$58.1 million0.3%
59.Serbia$55.8 million0.3%
60.Colombia$53.9 million0.2%
61.Tunisia$53.1 million0.2%
62.Cyprus$52.9 million0.2%
63.Mongolia$51.3 million0.2%
64.Albania$49.6 million0.2%
65.Gibraltar$48.8 million0.2%
66.Belize$47.7 million0.2%
67.Qatar$43.3 million0.2%
68.Ireland$43.1 million0.2%
69.Bosnia/Herzegovina$42.8 million0.2%
70.Armenia$42.7 million0.2%
71.Ukraine$41.9 million0.2%
72.Ivory Coast$41.9 million0.2%
73.Myanmar (Burma)$40.1 million0.2%
74.Indonesia$39.8 million0.2%
75.Paraguay$36.2 million0.2%
76.Estonia$35.8 million0.2%
77.Philippines$34.4 million0.2%
78.Namibia$34.1 million0.2%
79.Montenegro$32.5 million0.1%
80.Guinea$32.4 million0.1%
81.Poland$30.4 million0.1%
82.Niger$28.5 million0.1%
83.Mali$27.3 million0.1%
84.North Macedonia$25.1 million0.1%
85.Democr. Rep. Congo$24.5 million0.1%
86.Palestine$23.5 million0.1%
87.Malta$23.3 million0.1%
88.Peru$22.4 million0.1%
89.Switzerland$21.8 million0.1%
90.Brazil$21.8 million0.1%
91.Afghanistan$21.6 million0.1%
92.Bolivia$20.7 million0.1%
93.Mauritania$20.5 million0.1%
94.India$19.8 million0.1%
95.North Korea$19.3 million0.1%
96.Tajikistan$19 million0.1%
97.Maldives$18.2 million0.1%
98.Botswana$17.7 million0.1%
99.Iceland$16.2 million0.1%
100.Lesotho$16 million0.1%
101.Iran$15.8 million0.1%
102.Oman$14.3 million0.1%
103.Timor-Leste$14 million0.1%
104.Angola$11.6 million0.1%
105.Ghana$11.2 million0.1%
106.Aruba$11.1 million0.1%
107.El Salvador$10.7 million0.05%
108.Mexico$10.4 million0.05%
109.Costa Rica$10.3 million0.05%
110.St Maarten (Dutch)$9.4 million0.04%
111.Laos$9.4 million0.04%
112.Cameroon$8.9 million0.04%
113.Canada$8.7 million0.04%
114.Guatemala$8.7 million0.04%
115.Uzbekistan$8.6 million0.04%
116.Nigeria$8.4 million0.04%
117.Suriname$7.8 million0.04%
118.Togo$7.7 million0.03%
119.Sudan$7.4 million0.03%
120.Burkina Faso$7.2 million0.03%
121.Trinidad/Tobago$7.2 million0.03%
122.Honduras$7 million0.03%
123.Gabon$6.8 million0.03%
124.New Caledonia$6.8 million0.03%
125.Sri Lanka$6.4 million0.03%
126.Uganda$6.3 million0.03%
127.Greenland$5.4 million0.02%
128.Nicaragua$5.3 million0.02%
129.Curaçao$5.2 million0.02%
130.Barbados$4.7 million0.02%
131.Uruguay$4.5 million0.02%
132.Guyana$4.3 million0.02%
133.Mozambique$4.3 million0.02%
134.Turkmenistan$4 million0.02%
135.Eswatini$4 million0.02%
136.Dominican Republic$3.9 million0.02%
137.Faroe Islands$3.9 million0.02%
138.Chile$3.6 million0.02%
139.Djibouti$3.5 million0.02%
140.Bangladesh$3.1 million0.01%
141.Benin$3.1 million0.01%
142.Jamaica$3 million0.01%
143.Seychelles$2.9 million0.01%
144.Vanuatu$2.9 million0.01%
145.Senegal$2.6 million0.01%
146.French Polynesia$2.5 million0.01%
147.Gambia$2.3 million0.01%
148.Grenada$2.3 million0.01%
149.Guinea-Bissau$2.2 million0.01%
150.Marshall Islands$2.1 million0.01%
151.Cabo Verde$2.1 million0.01%
152.Algeria$2.1 million0.01%
153.Bermuda$1.9 million0.01%
154.Papua New Guinea$1.2 million0.01%
155.US Minor Outlying Is$1.2 million0.01%
156.Fiji$1.2 million0.01%
157.Cook Islands$1.1 million0.01%
158.Zambia$1.1 million0.005%
159.Ethiopia$1.1 million0.005%
160.Kenya$1 million0.005%
161.Somalia$1 million0.005%
162.Nauru$972,0000.004%
163.Sierra Leone$821,0000.004%
164.Liberia$788,0000.004%
165.Brunei Darussalam$735,0000.003%
166.Tanzania$688,0000.003%
167.Christmas Island$648,0000.003%
168.Andorra$566,0000.003%
169.Micronesia$558,0000.003%
170.Venezuela$490,0000.002%
171.Antigua and Barbuda$484,0000.002%
172.Saint Kitts/Nevis$461,0000.002%
173.Tuvalu$459,0000.002%
174.British Virgin Islands$458,0000.002%
175.Equatorial Guinea$453,0000.002%
176.Wallis/Futuna Islands$440,0000.002%
177.Palau$433,0000.002%
178.Kiribati$384,0000.002%
179.Turkey$356,0000.002%
180.Malawi$352,0000.002%
181.Madagascar$336,0000.002%
182.Cuba$298,0000.001%
183.Zimbabwe$297,0000.001%
184.Solomon Islands$294,0000.001%
185.Pakistan$293,0000.001%
186.Nepal$276,0000.001%
187.Ecuador$267,0000.001%
188.Bahamas$255,0000.001%
189.Tonga$251,0000.001%
190.Congo$232,0000.001%
191.St. Pierre/Miquelon$217,0000.001%
192.Argentina$170,0000.001%
193.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$164,0000.001%
194.Chad$157,0000.001%
195.Saint Lucia$148,0000.001%
196.Norfolk Island$143,0000.001%
197.Saint Helena$142,0000.001%
198.Niue$94,0000.0004%
199.Haiti$86,0000.0004%
200.Comoros$79,0000.0004%
201.British Indian Ocean Terr$75,0000.0003%
202.Turks/Caicos Islands$70,0000.0003%
203.Northern Mariana Is$66,0000.0003%
204.Dominica$55,0000.0002%
205.Pitcairn$49,0000.0002%
206.Cayman Islands$43,0000.0002%
207.Central African Rep$39,0000.0002%
208.Bhutan$23,0000.0001%
209.South Sudan$22,0000.0001%
210.Sao Tome/Principe$17,0000.0001%
211.Cocos (Keeling) Islands$15,0000.0001%
212.St Vincent/Grenadines$14,0000.0001%
213.Rwanda$8,0000.00004%
214.Serbia/Montenegro$4,0000.00002%
215.French S./Antarctic Terr$3,0000.00001%


See also Tobacco Cigarettes Exports by Country, Japan’s Top Trading Partners and Italy’s Top 10 Imports

Research Sources:
Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 14, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 14, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 14, 2019