Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 3
By Fatih Karimov – Trend:
Iran imported 1.97 billion cigarettes during the first eight months of current fiscal year (March 20-Nov. 22), Ali Asghar Ramzi, head of Iran’s Center for Tobacco Planning and Supervision, said.
The figure indicates a fall by 43 percent year on year, Ramzi said, the official website of Iran’s industry ministry reported.
Iran’s 12 cigarette producing plants produced 30.53 billion cigarettes in the 8-month period, 10 percent more compared to the same months of the preceding year, the official added.
He further said that over 1.34 billion cigarettes were smuggled into Iran during the same time span based on estimates, adding that the illegal cigarette import has witnessed a 23-percent fall year-on-year.
Iran has also exported 130 tons of hookah Tobacco in the period, 218 percent more year-on-year, Ramzi said.
The country’s cigarette exports in the period reached 180 million, witnessing a rise by 21 percent in comparison with the first eight months of last fiscal year.
About 55 billion cigarettes is smoked in the country annually, the official said.
He noted that over 90 percent of the cigarette smoked in the country will be supplied by domestic producers during the current fiscal year (to be ended March 2018).
The Iranian administration seriously follows a plan to domestically produce foreign cigarette brands, in order to cut down the imports.
Over 80 percent of the tobacco, used in Iran’s cigarette factories is supplied through imports.