BULGARIA

EXPORT OVERVIEW

Export Overview comprises information regarding the national exports of tobacco leaf

IN THE WORLD

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Percentage that the country represents in the international tobacco leaf trade (Source: calculated from data from FAO, 2019)

PRODUCTION OUTLOOK

Types of tobacco leaf grown in 2020 (Source: ITGA): FC Virginia, Burley (Light Cured) and Oriental (Sun Cured)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PEOPLE INVOLVED IN TOBACCO

Employment numbers of the tobacco leaf value chain in 2020 (Source: ITGA): Growers: 3 210

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

AREA BY LEAF TYPE

Represents the percentage of area cultivated by tobacco leaf type in the country in 2020 (Source: ITGA)

55%SUN CURED
40%FLUE-CURED VIRGINIA
5%LIGHT CURED

KEY INSIGHTS

Key statistics of the tobacco leaf production in the country

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AREA

Thousand Hectares (2020), Source: ITGA

8

PRODUCTION

Thousand Tons (2020), Source: ITGA

1.37

AREA/GROWER

Hectares per Grower (2020), Source: ITGA

33

PRODUCTION VALUE

Million US$ (2019), Source: UNITAB

137

EXPORT VALUE

Million US$ (2019), Source: UNC

1,713

YIELD

kg per Hectare (2020), Source: ITGA

6,541

REVENUE/HA

US$ per Hectare (2019), Source: UNITAB

TOBACCO IN BULGARIA

Brief contextualisation of the importance of Tobacco in Bulgaria

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TOBACCO GENERAL EXPORTS

Tobacco related exports (% of total exports)
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obacco leaf production in Bulgaria began in 1550. The country mainly produces Oriental tobacco. Basmi represents 59% of the total domestic leaf production.  Bulgaria is the 5th largest European producer of tobacco. Tobacco related exports generated over US$ 300 million for the Bulgarian economy. According to the National Customs Agency, cigarette taxes contributed with over US$ 1.3 billion in revenue for the government coffers.  This could be further increased, if the 6.8% that is estimated to be the size of the illicit cigarette trade was erased, thus adding a further US$ 111 million to state coffers.

Sources: UN Comtrade, ITGA, Tobacco and Nicotine Database

EXPORT PARTNERS

This section aims at identifying the most important commercial partners in terms of Value and Quantity (Source: Calculated from data from UN Comtrade)

  • BELGIUM 20%

  • USA 16%

  • GREECE 13%

  • RUSSIAN FEDERATION 8%

  • GERMANY 7%

  • OTHERS 36%

  • BELGIUM 15%

  • USA 14%

  • GREECE 16%

  • RUSSIAN FEDERATION 8%

  • GERMANY 9%

  • OTHERS 38%

                                    VALUE (2017)                                                                                                          QUANTITY (2017)