Which countries supply cigarette paper to Iran?
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 4
Iran has imported over 4,033 tons of rolling paper, used for making cigarettes, from 12 countries in the last fiscal year (ended March 20), 18.5 percent more year-on-year.
According to Iran’s Customs Administration, the Islamic Republic imported $14.03 million worth of rolling paper in the 12-month period.
The figure is 19.5 percent more compared to the preceding year when Iran imported $11.74 million worth of rolling papers for making cigarettes.
Austria was the main exporter of cigarette paper to Iran in terms of value. The country exported 651 tons of rolling paper, worth $4.13 million, in the last fiscal year.
Spain (118 tons, worth $3.89 million), China (736 tons, worth $1.759 million), and the UAE (527 tons, worth $1.59 million) were other top cigarette paper exporters to Iran during the period.
Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Turkey, South Korea, Bulgaria, Vietnam and Taiwan were other cigarette paper exporters to Iran.
In recent months, Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the administration increased domestic output of cigarettes, decreasing the dependency on imports.
The Iranian administration seriously follows a plan to domestically produce foreign cigarette brands in order to cut down their imports. Meanwhile, 80 percent of the tobacco used in Iran’s cigarette factories is supplied through imports.
The figures unveil that the Iranian cigarette factories actually import the main part of their demand in order to meet the country’s cigarette consumption.
About 55 billion cigarettes are smoked in the country annually.