Tobacco Cigarettes Imports by Country

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International purchases of imported tobacco cigarettes totaled US$26.1 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of tobacco cigarettes imports rose 0.2% for all importing countries since 2013 when international purchases of tobacco cigarettes were valued at $26 billion. Year over year, imported tobacco cigarettes appreciated by 14.6%.

From a continental perspective, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of imported tobacco cigarettes during 2017 with purchases valued at $13.2 billion or 50.7% of the global total. In second place were European importers at 36.4%. Smaller percentages were delivered to customers in Africa (5.7%), Oceania (3.1%) led by Australia and New Zealand, Latin America (2%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean then North America (1.7%).

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 imported the highest dollar value worth of tobacco cigarettes during 2017.

  1. Japan: US$2.6 billion (10% of imported cigarettes)
  2. Italy: $2 billion (7.6%)
  3. Iraq: $1.7 billion (6.6%)
  4. United Arab Emirates: $1.6 billion (6.3%)
  5. Spain: $1.4 billion (5.4%)
  6. France: $1.3 billion (4.8%)
  7. Vietnam: $1 billion (3.9%)
  8. Singapore: $785.5 million (3%)
  9. Germany: $755.7 million (2.9%)
  10. Saudi Arabia: $746.7 million (2.9%)
  11. Hong Kong: $708 million (2.7%)
  12. Australia: $611.6 million (2.3%)
  13. Netherlands: $599.9 million (2.3%)
  14. China: $500.9 million (1.9%)
  15. Afghanistan: $447.6 million (1.7%)

By value, the listed 15 countries purchased almost two-thirds (64.3%) of all tobacco cigarettes imported in 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage of overall tobacco cigarettes shipments for each importer.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for tobacco cigarettes since 2013 were: Vietnam (up 54,027%), Afghanistan (up 967.9%), China (up 399.1%) and Australia (up 121.6%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported tobacco cigarettes purchases were led by: Japan (down -36.1%), France (down -27%), Saudi Arabia (down -22%) and Italy (down -20.8%).

Japan

Tobacco Cigarettes Imports into Japan

Japan’s global purchases of imported tobacco cigarettes totaled US$2.6 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Japan imported the highest dollar value worth of tobacco cigarettes during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. South Korea: US$556.3 million (up 410.9% from 2013)
  2. Lithuania: $490.7 million (up 744.8%)
  3. Switzerland: $406.3 million (down -24.8%)
  4. Ukraine: $403.6 million (no 2013 data)
  5. Poland: $339.6 million (up 160.4%)
  6. Serbia: $246.7 million (up 53,076%)
  7. United States: $84.2 million (down -85.8%)
  8. Germany: $17 million (down -96.7%)
  9. Taiwan: $14 million (up 47.3%)
  10. China: $13 million (down -1.9%)
  11. Turkey: $10.2 million (up 169,817%)
  12. Mexico: $9.3 million (no 2013 data)
  13. Czech Republic: $8.8 million (down -51.1%)
  14. Singapore: $5.5 million (down -93.6%)
  15. Indonesia: $2.7 million (up 28%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.8% of Japan’s tobacco cigarettes imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of tobacco cigarettes to Japan since 2013 were: Turkey (up 169,817%), Serbia (up 53,076%), Lithuania (up 744.8%) and South Korea (up 410.9%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their tobacco cigarettes supplied to Japanese importers included: Germany (down -96.7%), Singapore (down -93.6%), United States (down -85.8%) and Czech Republic (down -51.1%).

Overall, the value of Japan’s tobacco cigarettes imports declined by an average -36.1% from all supplying countries since 2013 when tobacco cigarettes purchases were valued at $4.1 billion.

Italy

Tobacco Cigarettes Imports into Italy

Italy’s global purchases of imported tobacco cigarettes totaled US$2 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Italy imported the highest dollar value worth of tobacco cigarettes during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Germany: US$599.2 million (up 3.8% from 2013)
  2. Czech Republic: $504.3 million (up 106.8%)
  3. Romania: $347 million (up 1.1%)
  4. Poland: $261.4 million (up 20.1%)
  5. Netherlands: $153.2 million (down -84.6%)
  6. Portugal: $96 million (up 119.6%)
  7. Lithuania: $4.5 million (no 2013 data)
  8. Luxembourg: $3.1 million (down -21.5%)
  9. Bulgaria: $2 million (up 1,289%)
  10. France: $153,000 (down -98.9%)
  11. Hungary: $131,000 (no 2013 data)
  12. Croatia: $59,000 (no 2013 data)
  13. United Kingdom: $5,000 (down -99.9%)
  14. Spain: $3,000 (down -100%)
  15. Denmark: $2,000 (no 2013 data)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.9999% of Italy’s tobacco cigarettes imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of tobacco cigarettes to Italy since 2013 were: Bulgaria (up 1,289%), Portugal (up 119.6%), Czech Republic (up 106.8%) and Poland (up 20.1%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of exported tobacco cigarettes sold to Italian importers included: Denmark (down -100%), United Kingdom (down -99.9%), France (down -98.9%) and Croatia (down -84.6%).

Overall, the value of Italy’s tobacco cigarettes imports fell by an average -20.8% from all supplying countries since 2013 when tobacco cigarettes purchases were valued at $2.5 billion.

UAE

Tobacco Cigarettes Imports into United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates’ global purchases of imported tobacco cigarettes totaled US$1.6 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the UAE imported the highest dollar value worth of tobacco cigarettes during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. South Korea: US$706.9 million (up 105.4% from 2013)
  2. Bulgaria: $359.1 million (up 95%)
  3. Germany: $105.6 million (up 98.6%)
  4. Turkey: $61 million (up 75.8%)
  5. Armenia: $59 million (up 2,307%)
  6. China: $54.9 million (up 59.9%)
  7. Singapore: $49.9 million (up 162.9%)
  8. Hong Kong: $35.7 million (down -11.8%)
  9. Poland: $34.7 million (up 37.2%)
  10. Switzerland: $33.2 million (up 0.5%)
  11. Indonesia: $29.6 million (up 89.4%)
  12. Romania: $26.1 million (up 387.6%)
  13. Vietnam: $23.5 million (down -60%)
  14. Serbia: $11.1 million (up 25.4%)
  15. Malaysia: $9.3 million (up 39.7%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 97.1% of the UAE’s tobacco cigarettes imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of tobacco cigarettes to UAE since 2013 were: Armenia (up 2,307%), Romania (up 388%), Singapore (up 162.9%) and South Korea (up 105.4%).

Two countries experienced declines in the value of their tobacco cigarettes supplied to UAE importers, namely Vietnam (down -60%) and Hong Kong (down -11.8%).

Overall, the value of UAE’s tobacco cigarettes imports rose an average 60.3% from all supplying countries since 2013 when tobacco cigarettes purchases were valued at $1 billion.

Spain

Tobacco Cigarettes Imports into Spain

Spain’s global purchases of imported tobacco cigarettes totaled US$1.4 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Spain imported the highest dollar value worth of tobacco cigarettes during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Germany: US$722.6 million (up 24.5% from 2013)
  2. Portugal: $310.2 million (down -33.6%)
  3. Poland: $264.7 million (up 512.3%)
  4. United Kingdom: $23.9 million (down -31.8%)
  5. Netherlands: $16.8 million (down -63%)
  6. Romania: $16.1 million (up 1,212%)
  7. Czech Republic: $12.4 million (up 87.9%)
  8. Greece: $9.1 million (up 74.7%)
  9. Luxembourg: $8.2 million (down -30.5%)
  10. Lithuania: $4.6 million (up 86.3%)
  11. Chile: $2.2 million (up 822.2%)
  12. Bulgaria: $2 million (up 442.1%)
  13. Hungary: $1.7 million (up 209.9%)
  14. Cuba: $1.1 million (down -17.6%)
  15. Switzerland: $358,000 (down -1.4%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.9% of Spain’s tobacco cigarettes imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of tobacco cigarettes to Spain since 2013 were: Romania (up 1,212%), Chile (up 822.2%), Poland (up 512.3%) and Bulgaria (up 442.1%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their tobacco cigarettes supplied to Spanish importers included: Netherlands (down -63%), Portugal (down -33.6%), United Kingdom (down -31.8%) and Luxembourg (down -30.5%).

Overall, the value of Spain’s tobacco cigarettes imports appreciated by an average 13.8% from all supplying countries since 2013 when tobacco cigarettes purchases were valued at $1.2 billion.



 

Searchable List of Tobacco Cigarettes Importer Countries

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RankImporter2017 Tobacco Cigarettes Imports%Total
1.Japan$2.6 billion10%
2.Italy$2 billion7.6%
3.Iraq$1.7 billion6.6%
4.United Arab Emirates$1.6 billion6.3%
5.Spain$1.4 billion5.4%
6.France$1.3 billion4.8%
7.Vietnam$1 billion3.9%
8.Singapore$785.5 million3%
9.Germany$755.7 million2.9%
10.Saudi Arabia$746.7 million2.9%
11.Hong Kong$708 million2.7%
12.Australia$611.6 million2.3%
13.Netherlands$599.9 million2.3%
14.China$500.9 million1.9%
15.Afghanistan$447.6 million1.7%
16.United States$426.1 million1.6%
17.Belgium$402.8 million1.5%
18.Czech Republic$363.5 million1.4%
19.Syrian Arab Republic$358.3 million1.4%
20.Cambodia$343.6 million1.3%
21.Libya$318.8 million1.2%
22.United Kingdom$261.8 million1%
23.Thailand$216 million0.8%
24.Israel$205.7 million0.8%
25.Austria$200 million0.8%
26.Kuwait$198.5 million0.8%
27.Taiwan$190.5 million0.7%
28.Norway$184.8 million0.7%
29.Slovakia$166.8 million0.6%
30.Azerbaijan$159.9 million0.6%
31.Oman$153.6 million0.6%
32.Somalia$152.7 million0.6%
33.New Zealand$151 million0.6%
34.Sweden$144.8 million0.6%
35.Guinea$144 million0.6%
36.Russia$134.7 million0.5%
37.Bahrain$133.4 million0.5%
38.Malaysia$132.4 million0.5%
39.Tunisia$120.3 million0.5%
40.Morocco$117 million0.4%
41.Greece$115 million0.4%
42.Kazakhstan$112.6 million0.4%
43.Portugal$109.5 million0.4%
44.Hungary$107.5 million0.4%
45.Panama$105.3 million0.4%
46.Denmark$104.1 million0.4%
47.Romania$104 million0.4%
48.Finland$103.9 million0.4%
49.Georgia$101.8 million0.4%
50.Luxembourg$101 million0.4%
51.Lebanon$96 million0.4%
52.South Africa$88.3 million0.3%
53.Bulgaria$84.5 million0.3%
54.Qatar$84.3 million0.3%
55.Lithuania$80.3 million0.3%
56.Latvia$78.8 million0.3%
57.Colombia$77.3 million0.3%
58.Ireland$73.9 million0.3%
59.Kyrgyzstan$73 million0.3%
60.Croatia$69.2 million0.3%
61.Mauritius$67.9 million0.3%
62.Slovenia$63.5 million0.2%
63.Moldova$62.3 million0.2%
64.Philippines$61.5 million0.2%
65.South Korea$55.9 million0.2%
66.Macao$51.9 million0.2%
67.Cyprus$49.9 million0.2%
68.Mongolia$49.2 million0.2%
69.Côte d'Ivoire$48.8 million0.2%
70.Ukraine$46 million0.2%
71.Gibraltar$44.9 million0.2%
72.Poland$44.1 million0.2%
73.Belize$44 million0.2%
74.Serbia$42.5 million0.2%
75.Djibouti$42.2 million0.2%
76.Niger$41.5 million0.2%
77.Estonia$38.3 million0.1%
78.Armenia$38 million0.1%
79.Bosnia/Herzegovina$37.5 million0.1%
80.Namibia$36.2 million0.1%
81.Democratic Rep. Congo$35.3 million0.1%
82.Paraguay$35.1 million0.1%
83.Cameroon$35 million0.1%
84.Trinidad/Tobago$33.6 million0.1%
85.Indonesia$30.8 million0.1%
86.Mali$28.8 million0.1%
87.Egypt$28.2 million0.1%
88.Switzerland$25.9 million0.1%
89.Bolivia$25.1 million0.1%
90.Palestine$24.4 million0.1%
91.Peru$23.3 million0.1%
92.Macedonia$21.9 million0.1%
93.Brazil$21.9 million0.1%
94.Malta$21.8 million0.1%
95.Nicaragua$21.4 million0.1%
96.Mauritania$21.4 million0.1%
97.Tajikistan$20.9 million0.1%
98.Angola$20.1 million0.1%
99.Guatemala$19.8 million0.1%
100.Aruba$19.8 million0.1%
101.Timor-Leste$18.7 million0.1%
102.Lesotho$18 million0.1%
103.India$17.1 million0.1%
104.Nigeria$17.1 million0.1%
105.Montenegro$17 million0.1%
106.Iran$16.4 million0.1%
107.Maldives$16.1 million0.1%
108.Dominican Republic$15.9 million0.1%
109.Iceland$14.9 million0.1%
110.Turkmenistan$14.3 million0.1%
111.Sierra Leone$13.4 million0.1%
112.South Sudan$13.3 million0.1%
113.El Salvador$13 million0.05%
114.North Korea$11.7 million0.04%
115.Canada$10.4 million0.04%
116.New Caledonia$9.8 million0.04%
117.Yemen$9.5 million0.04%
118.Ghana$9.5 million0.04%
119.Solomon Islands$9.4 million0.04%
120.Uzbekistan$9.1 million0.04%
121.Jamaica$9.1 million0.03%
122.Grenada$8.9 million0.03%
123.Togo$8.5 million0.03%
124.Suriname$8.3 million0.03%
125.Uganda$7.9 million0.03%
126.Laos$7.8 million0.03%
127.Ethiopia$7.6 million0.03%
128.Mexico$7.6 million0.03%
129.Gabon$7.4 million0.03%
130.Costa Rica$7.2 million0.03%
131.Burkina Faso$6.9 million0.03%
132.Curaçao$6.8 million0.03%
133.St Maarten (Dutch)$6.7 million0.03%
134.Greenland$5.4 million0.02%
135.Bangladesh$4.8 million0.02%
136.Guyana$4.8 million0.02%
137.Uruguay$4.7 million0.02%
138.Seychelles$4.5 million0.02%
139.Chile$4.3 million0.02%
140.Barbados$4.3 million0.02%
141.Venezuela$4.2 million0.02%
142.Sri Lanka$3.9 million0.01%
143.Botswana$3.8 million0.01%
144.Faroe Islands$3.6 million0.01%
145.French Polynesia$3.5 million0.01%
146.Myanmar (Burma)$3.2 million0.01%
147.Benin$3.1 million0.01%
148.Rwanda$3.1 million0.01%
149.Fiji$2.8 million0.01%
150.Vanuatu$2.6 million0.01%
151.St Vincent/Grenadines$2.6 million0.01%
152.Gambia$2.5 million0.01%
153.Chad$2.5 million0.01%
154.Swaziland$2.4 million0.01%
155.Cabo Verde$2.3 million0.01%
156.Bermuda$2.2 million0.01%
157.Zambia$2.2 million0.01%
158.Honduras$2.1 million0.01%
159.Marshall Islands$2 million0.01%
160.Congo$2 million0.01%
161.Cuba$2 million0.01%
162.Pakistan$1.7 million0.01%
163.Kenya$1.5 million0.01%
164.Antigua/Barbuda$1.5 million0.01%
165.Liberia$1.5 million0.01%
166.Malawi$1.5 million0.01%
167.Senegal$1.3 million0.01%
168.Papua New Guinea$1.3 million0.005%
169.Zimbabwe$1.3 million0.005%
170.Palau$1.2 million0.005%
171.Mozambique$1.2 million0.005%
172.Saint Kitts/Nevis$1.2 million0.005%
173.US Minor Outlying Is$1.2 million0.004%
174.Equatorial Guinea$1.1 million0.004%
175.Tanzania$1 million0.004%
176.Haiti$977,0000.004%
177.Micronesia$898,0000.003%
178.Bahamas$736,0000.003%
179.Guinea-Bissau$714,0000.003%
180.Dominica$703,0000.003%
181.Madagascar$698,0000.003%
182.Christmas Island$677,0000.003%
183.St. Pierre/Miquelon$664,0000.003%
184.Nauru$629,0000.002%
185.Nepal$512,0000.002%
186.Andorra$505,0000.002%
187.Cook Islands$504,0000.002%
188.Comoros$453,0000.002%
189.Wallis/Futuna Islands$428,0000.002%
190.Saint Lucia$331,0000.001%
191.Argentina$295,0000.001%
192.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$286,0000.001%
193.Tonga$273,0000.001%
194.Norfolk Island$236,0000.001%
195.Sao Tome/Principe$220,0000.001%
196.Sudan$218,0000.001%
197.Turks/Caicos Islands$199,0000.001%
198.Cayman Islands$188,0000.001%
199.Central African Rep$173,0000.001%
200.Tokelau$165,0000.001%
201.Tuvalu$155,0000.001%
202.Eritrea$152,0000.001%
203.Turkey$134,0000.001%
204.Saint Helena$109,0000.0004%
205.Northern Mariana Is$70,0000.0003%
206.Kiribati$68,0000.0003%
207.Pitcairn$66,0000.0003%
208.Free Zones$65,0000.0002%
209.Niue$61,0000.0002%
210.Burundi$46,0000.0002%
211.French S./Antarctic Terr$31,0000.0001%
212.British Virgin Islands$19,0000.0001%
213.Brunei Darussalam$18,0000.0001%
214.Cocos (Keeling) Islands$15,0000.0001%
215.Montserrat$3,0000.00001%
216.Algeria$1,0000.000004%


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Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on October 3, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on October 3, 2018

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on October 3, 2018