S. Korea's cigarette exports hit record high in 2017

By Yonhap
  • Published : Jan 13, 2018 - 15:49
  • Updated : Jan 13, 2018 - 15:49

South Korea's cigarette exports rose to a record high last year on the back of growing demand from Southeast Asian countries, the latest customs data showed Saturday.


The total value of tobacco exports reached a record US$1.13 billion in 2017, up 9.7 percent from the previous year's $1.01 billion, according to the data compiled by the Korea Customs Service.

The figure has been on a steady rise, renewing records for four straight years since 2014. The tally surpassed the $1 billion mark for the first time in 2016. 

The increase in outbound shipments to Southeast Asian countries was remarkable, with those exported to Vietnam jumping 50 percent to $87.7 million from $56.4 million in 2013, according to the data.

Exports to Thailand also increased 120 times from $597,000 to $9.72 million during the cited period.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was the biggest importer of South Korean cigarettes, with $376 million worth of products shipped to the Middle East country last year, according to the data.

The amount of outbound shipments to Japan came next with $236 million, followed by Vietnam and then the United States with $80 million, the data showed. (Yonhap)