Cigar Industry

Cigar Shipments Continue to Climb

Exports to U.S. Rise 25.5 Percent in July
Nov 11, 2021 | By David Savona
Cigar Shipments Continue to Climb

Shipments of premium, handmade cigars continue to impress. July import numbers—just released by the Cigar Association of America—rose by 25.5 percent over July 2020. For the first seven months of 2021, shipments were up 55.2 percent compared to the same period in 2020.

The biggest gain for the month came from Nicaragua, which shipped 24.4 million premium cigars in July, up 45.2 percent from the 16.8 million shipped in July 2020. The Dominican Republic had a smaller but still impressive gain, rising 10.5 percent, to 11.6 million cigars. Honduras was largely flat—it shipped 7.8 million cigars in July, about the same as the 7.6 million shipped in July 2020.

Nicaragua continues to be the No. 1 exporter of cigars to the United States, shipping more cigars than the Dominican Republic (No. 2) and Honduras (No. 3) combined. No other country ships a significant number of cigars to the United States.

As of July, 254.2 million cigars had been shipped, compared to 163.8 million for the first seven months of 2020, a gain of 55.2 percent. It’s important to note that 2020 had significant shipment problems in the beginning of the year, as some cigar factories were forced to close due to the pandemic.

Shipments, of course, are not sales, but cigarmakers and cigar retailers alike report that cigar sales remain brisk for 2021.

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