PHILIPPINES

EXPORT OVERVIEW

Export Overview comprises information regarding the national exports of tobacco leaf

IN THE WORLD

1%

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

PRODUCTION OUTLOOK

Types of tobacco leaf grown in 2017 (Source: ITGA): FC Virginia, Burley and Native

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PEOPLE INVOLVED IN TOBACCO

Employment numbers of the tobacco leaf value chain in 2018 (Source: National Tobacco Administration): Growers: 29 939; Workers: 800 00; People whose livelihood depends on tobacco: 2.9 million

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

AREA BY LEAF TYPE

Represents the percentage of area cultivated by tobacco leaf type in the country in 2019 (Source: National Tobacco Administration)

66%FC VIRGINIA
8%BURLEY
26%NATIVE

KEY INSIGHTS

Key statistics of the tobacco leaf production in the country

19

AREA

Thousand Hectares (2019), Source: National Tobacco Administration

47

PRODUCTION

Thousand Tons (2019), Source: National Tobacco Administration

0.6

AREA/GROWER

Hectares per Grower (2019), Source: Calculated by ITGA

166

EXPORT VALUE

Million US$ (2019), Source: UN Comtrade

68

PRODUCTION VALUE

Million US$ (2019), Source: National Tobacco Administration

2,463

YIELD

kg per Hectare (2019), Source: National Tobacco Administration

3,585

REVENUE/HA

US$ per Hectare (2019), Source: National Tobacco Administration 

TOBACCO IN THE PHILIPPINES

Brief contextualisation of the importance of Tobacco in the Philippines

60%

ILOCOS

Region % of domestic tobacco production
A

s it was the case in several countries, tobacco was introduced in the Philippines by the Spanish colonists. The commerce of the commodity was an important source of revenue for the colonial Government. Tobacco was, since the beginning, linked with the economic development of the country, as farmers who grew tobacco were given adequate payment for their production. The majority of the production was then, as it is now, a small-scale endeavor, with farmers working on small plots of land to grow the crop. Tobacco became part of the culture of the Filipinos, while the crop continued to be grown to satisfy the domestic demand for tobacco products. Government revenue from domestic tobacco product sales surpasses US$ 2.4 billion thus contributing generously to the national coffers. The illicit trade had a 13.1% share of the market in 2017. The crop continues to be preferred for its profitability and price stability, which enables growers to plan the future with less volatility.

Sources: Tobacco and Nicotine database, National Tobacco Administration, Tobacco Journal International, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and ITGA.

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)

  • INDONESIA 21%

  • BELGIUM 13%

  • MYANMAR 12%

  • REPUBLIC OF KOREA 8%

  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 8%

  • OTHERS 38%

  • INDONESIA 21%

  • BELGIUM 12%

  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 10%

  • MALAYSIA 8%

  • REPUBLIC OF KOREA 8%

  • OTHERS 41%

                                    VALUE (2018)                                                                                                          QUANTITY (2018)