April 2021 – Tobacco exports were on the agenda of the 63rd Regular Sectoral Chamber Meeting of the Tobacco Supply Chain, on April 28, when approximately 30 representatives of the tobacco sector and other entities held a virtual meeting. The president of the Interstate Tobacco Industry Union (SindiTabaco), Iro Schünke, displayed the perspectives for tobacco exports in 2021.
Survey conducted by Deloitte, at the request of the union, shows that shipments should increase 2.1% to 6% in volume and 6.1% to 10% in dollars, compared to 2020, when exports amounted to 514 thousand tons, totaling US$ 1.638 billion in commercial revenue. From January to March, according to data from the Ministry of Economy, the shipment of 134 thousand tons generated revenue of US$ 418 million, up 19% from the same period in 2020.
“Brazil has managed to keep annual exports at approximately 500 thousand tons, a fact that attests to stability in the global market even in the face of a pandemic and all its social and economic developments. It is our expectation that Brazil will continue as leading global tobacco exporter, position occupied by the country since 1993”, Schünke commented, whilst dwelling on the adaptation of the activities in the tobacco industries and the initiatives of the Growing Up Right Institute during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 9th Conference of the Parties of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the 2nd Meeting of the Parties of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (MOP2) were also on the agenda of the meeting. Tobacco production status, on the administrative and tributary reforms, as well as the approval of new tobacco products were just other themes debated. The next meetings of the Sectoral Chamber were scheduled for August 12 and October 26.
KNOW MORE – In 2020, tobacco accounted for 0.8% of total Brazilian exports and for 4.1% of all shipments of the South Region. In Rio Grande do Sul, state that is responsible for nearly half of the total Brazilian tobacco crop, the product accounted for 9.5% of all exports. In Brazil’s agribusiness exports, tobacco occupies the eighth position. The main Brazilian market in 2020 was the European Union, destination for 41% of the tobacco exported by Brazil, followed by the Far East (24%), Africa/Middle East (11%), North America (9%), Latin America (9%) and Eastern Europe (6%). Among the countries, Belgium (US$ 414 million) continues as main importer of the crop, followed by China (US$ 153 million) and the United States (US$ 125 million). In the sequence of the list of the main clients, the countries are as follows: Indonesia (US$ 98 million), United Arab Emirates (US$ 74 million), Turkey (US$ 55 million) and Russia (US$ 54 million).
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