Cigar Industry

Handmade Cigar Imports To The U.S. Remain Positive Through May

Aug 12, 2022 | By David Savona
Handmade Cigar Imports To The U.S. Remain Positive Through May

Cigar import numbers continue their upward trend this year, improving on 2021, one of the best ever recorded in the industry. Through May, handmade cigar imports reached 176.9 million, up 3.2 percent over the 139.5 million imported for the first five months of 2021. The data was released last night by the Cigar Association of America.

It's not quite as impressive compared to previous reports; imports were up 5.3 percent through April.

Nicaragua remains the powerhouse of the cigar industry, with 97.9 million cigars shipped to the United States, 55 percent of all shipments for the year so far. The Dominican Republic ranks second, at 47.3 million (26.7 percent of shipments) and Honduras stays in third place, at 30.8 million cigars (17.4 percent.) Those top-three producers collectively account for 99 percent of shipments of cigars made by hand coming into this country. Other marginal players include Mexico and Costa Rica. 

There is, of course, a long way to go in the year, and much could change, but it would be a considerable feat for 2022 to match 2021, when 456 million cigars were imported. Those were numbers not seen since the the late 1990s, and most in the industry are expecting things to level off soon. But, for now, imports remain on track to match or even slightly exceed that remarkable number. 

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