ZIMBABWE

EXPORT OVERVIEW

Export Overview comprises information regarding the national exports of tobacco leaf

EXPORT WEIGHT

18%

Percentage that tobacco leaf represents on the overall exports of the country (Source: calculated from data from UN Comtrade)

IN THE WORLD

7%

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): Flue Cured Virginia

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PEOPLE INVOLVED IN TOBACCO

Employment numbers of the tobacco leaf value chain in 2018 (Source: ITGA and COMESA): Growers: 145 800; Total number of direct employment: 540 000

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

AREA BY LEAF TYPE

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

100%FC VIRGINIA

KEY INSIGHTS

Key statistics of the tobacco leaf production in the country

145

AREA

Thousand Hectares (2019), Source: ITGA

259

PRODUCTION

Thousand Tons (2019), Source: ITGA

0.81

AREA/GROWER

Hectares per Grower (2019), Source: ITGA

783

EXPORT VALUE

Million US$ (2019), Source: UN Comtrade

526

PRODUCTION VALUE

Million US$ (2019), Source: ITGA

1,786

YIELD

kg per Hectare (2019), Source: ITGA

3,626

REVENUE/HA

US$ per Hectare (2019), Source: ITGA 

TOBACCO IN ZIMBABWE

Brief contextualisation of the importance of Tobacco in Zimbabwe

97%

TOBACCO

% of Tobacco sold through contract system (% of total)
T

obacco is one of Zimbabwe’s most important productions. The crop has been grown in the country since the British ruled over the land, and since then Zimbabwe has occupied the role of one of the leading exporters. For several years now, the country has been facing monetary difficulties, shortage of foreign currency and episodes of hyperinflation. The inherent value that tobacco has in the global market allows the easy exportation of the production, thus generating valuable foreign currency that the country’s federal bank balance sheet so urgently needs. The crop is referred to by important policy and economic decision-makers as one of the key drivers to stabilize the monetary situation of the country. The significance of tobacco cannot then be overstated. The country is one of the main Flue-Cured Virginia exporters of this tobacco variety worldwide, only behind Brazil.

Sources: UN Comtrade, COMESA, Tobacco and Nicotine Database, Zimbabwe Tobacco Association and ITGA.

ZIMBABWE IS THE SECOND LARGEST EXPORTER OF FLUE-CURED VIRGINIA TOBACCO LEAF, ONLY BEHIND BRAZIL

EXPORT PARTNERS

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

  • CHINA 52%

  • SOUTH AFRICA 11%

  • BELGIUM 6%

  • INDONESIA 6%

  • UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 4%

  • OTHERS 21%

  • CHINA 32%

  • SOUTH AFRICA 17%

  • BELGIUM 10%

  • UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 8%

  • INDONESIA 7%

  • OTHERS 26%

                                    VALUE (2018)                                                                                                          QUANTITY (2018)