The Top 5 Tobacco Exporting Countries in the World

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ten data blog22-04-2024

The global tobacco market is projected to reach $10.49 trillion by 2030, with an average annual growth rate of 2.5% (2024-2030). This market development is fueled by the continuous growth in demand from developing countries and the spread of next-generation tobacco products. It is estimated that there are 1.3 billion tobacco product users worldwide, with 80% located in low- and middle-income countries.


Below are the world's top tobacco-exporting countries ranked by the total export value in US dollars under HS code 2401.


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1. Brazil

Total tobacco export value in 2022: $2,295,544,069


Tobacco is a major economic pillar in southern Brazil, with over 124,000 tobacco farmers spread across 491 cities in the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, and Parana. However, the region recently suffered from heavy rainfall and hailstorms, leading to flooding of plant roots and spotting on leaves. In 2022, the majority of Brazil's tobacco exports went to Europe, with Belgium accounting for 26% of the share. The second-largest buyer was China, followed closely by the United States.


2. Zimbabwe

Total tobacco export value in 2022: $926,082,716


Zimbabwe is Africa's largest tobacco-exporting country, aiming to develop the tobacco cultivation industry into a $5 billion industry by 2025. However, this industry has had a devastating impact on the country's environment, with approximately 60,000 hectares of forests destroyed each year due to the lack of arable land for tobacco cultivation. China has become an indispensable part of Zimbabwe's tobacco industry development through cooperation with the China National Tobacco Corporation (CNTC). As a result, most of Zimbabwe's tobacco exports naturally flow to China.


3. United States

Total tobacco export value in 2022: $863,876,697


Despite a significant reduction in tobacco cultivation in the United States since the 1980s, it remains one of the world's largest tobacco-producing countries. North Carolina and Kentucky are the leading states for tobacco cultivation in the US. The United States is also home to Philip Morris International and Altria Group, the two largest tobacco companies globally, making it a logical choice as a major tobacco exporting country.


4. India

Total tobacco export value in 2022: $815,929,770


Tobacco is one of India's major cash crops, with the majority cultivated in states such as Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, as well as neighboring Karnataka and Maharashtra. Approximately 6 million farmers and 20 million farm workers are involved in tobacco cultivation in this South Asian country, with flue-cured tobacco and white tobaccos being the primary tobacco types exported. The ITC Limited company, headquartered in Kolkata, is the market leader in India's cigarette industry.


5. China

Total tobacco export value in 2022: $560,738,230


China produces over 2 million tons of tobacco annually, with around 20 million farmers engaged in tobacco cultivation, and Yunnan Province being the largest tobacco-producing region. The China National Tobacco Corporation (CNTC) is the world's largest cigarette manufacturer, enjoying a monopoly in tobacco cultivation, production, and sales, estimated to hold 97% of the market share in China. A small portion of CNTC's products is also exported to the international market.


In 2022, China's tobacco imports exceeded $1.35 billion, making it the world's largest tobacco-importing country.


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