Meeting the most exacting international standards, Brazil is the second-largest producer of tobacco in the world and leader in exports since 1993, thanks to product quality and integrity. In 2018, tobacco accounted for 0.8% of total Brazilian exports, with $ 1,99 billion shipped.
Of the total production of 632 thousand metric tons registered in the 2017/2018 crop year, 85% was destined for the foreign market. The main Brazilian client over the period was the European Union with 41% of total shipments in 2018, followed by the Far East (24%), Africa/Middle East (11%), North America (10%), Latin America (8%) and Eastern Europe (6%). For South Brazil, tobacco is one of the most significant agroindustrial activities. In Rio Grande do Sul, tobacco represented a 6.4% share in total exports; in Santa Catarina, 4.2%.
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