Cigar Shipments Best In 20 Years, Despite November Drop


The December figures for 2018 have yet to be released, but the year is already bigger than 2017—and is certain to be the best year for handmade cigar imports since 1998. Despite a poor showing in November, the latest month reported by the government, the American market is importing handmade cigars at a blistering pace.


With only 11 months of data reported, imports for the year hit 331 million units, making 2018 the seventh consecutive year with more than 300 million cigars shipped, and the best year for cigar industry shipments since 1998, when 334.6 million cigars were imported. When the December numbers are factored in, 2018 is certain to be larger than 1998.


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