Indian tobacco, introduced by the Portuguese in the 17th century, is appreciated worldwide for its rich, full-bodied flavour and smoothness. It is now an increasingly well-known as well as respected commodity in global tobacco markets and has found its way into cigarettes manufactured in several countries. India has an impressive and progressive profile in the global tobacco industry and it is an important commercial crop grown here. India is the second-largest tobacco producer and exporter in the world.
EXPORTS AND KEY MARKETS
- Total exports of manufactured and unmanufactured tobacco and tobacco products stood at US$ 934.23 million in 2017-18. Indian tobacco is exported to about 100 countries.
- Flue-cured Virginia (FCV) is the main type of tobacco exported from India accounting for 72 per cent and 81 per cent of tobacco exports in quantity and value terms, respectively, whereas, Non-FCV tobacco stood at 28 per cent in quantity and 19 per cent in value terms in 2016-17.
- India exports unmanufactured tobacco primarily to Belgium, Korea, Nigeria, Egypt and Nepal. Western Europe is the key market for Indian tobacco exports.
The Tobacco Board of India is a facilitator for tobacco growers, traders and exporters. By creating synergies between these stakeholders, the Board fosters a vibrant enterprise, with a deep social conscience and strong national commitment. The Board estimates demand and regulates the production of FCV tobacco to match demand to ensure a fair price for the produce. The Tobacco Board assists tobacco farmers in securing crop loans, quality seeds, fertilisers and other critical inputs; it also counsels farmers on GAP to produce quality tobaccos to meet the evolving international demand. In addition, the Board conducts auctions for the sale of tobacco in a competitive and transparent environment. On the export front, the Board strives to improve the existing markets and develop new markets for Indian tobacco and tobacco products by undertaking brand building exercises and participation in international tobacco exhibitions. The Board sponsors trade delegations to potential importing countries and also invites delegations from other countries.
Total exports of manufactured and unmanufactured tobacco and tobacco products stood at US$ 934.23 million in 2017-18.
Source: Tobacco Board
Updated: July, 2018