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Rise in Cigarette Output, Exports

Rise in Cigarette Output, Exports Rise in Cigarette Output, Exports

A total of 54.8 billion cigarettes were produced in the last fiscal year (March 2019-20), indicating a 13.7% growth compared with the year before. 
While 154 million cigarettes were exported, which registered a 2.7% increase, the ban on imports remained in effect. 
Notably, Jordan and Austria made to the list of Iran’s cigarette export destinations for the first time in the year ending March 2020, according to Ataollah Maroufkhani, the head of Industries, Mining and Trade Ministry’s affiliate, the Iranian Tobacco Planning and Supervision Center. 
The decision to halt imports does not mean no foreign cigarettes entered Iran; the Industries Ministry estimates that 10.03 billion cigarettes were smuggled into the country in the last fiscal year, as 65 billion cigarettes were smoked in the country during the period, which registered a year-on-year decline of 39.2%. 


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