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Cigarettes in North Korea, 2019

  • ID: 4772305
  • Report
  • March 2019
  • Region: North Korea, South Korea
  • 45 pages
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  • BAT
  • Jilin Provincial Tobacco
  • KT&G
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Cigarettes in North Korea, 2019


"Cigarettes in North Korea, 2019", is an analytical report that provides extensive and highly detailed current and future market trends in the North Korean tobacco market. It covers market size and structure along with per capita and overall consumption. Additionally, it focuses on brand data, retail pricing, prospects, and forecasts for sales and consumption until 2028.

The North Korean cigarette market remains poorly documented. Production data has been kept largely confidential since the mid-1960s, and foreign trade figures have also been unavailable to the outside world. The only recent hard fact to come out of the country was that the former leader, Kim Jong II, had given up smoking and was leading a nationwide anti-smoking campaign.

  • Based on trade estimates, the North Korean market would appear to have increased in 1996 to 17.3 billion pieces as a consequence of a surge in imports from China and Hong Kong.
  • On the basis of market estimates and population data, legitimate per capita consumption rates were estimated at 713 pieces in 2017, 7.3% below 1990 levels.
  • The market is dominated by low priced, domestically manufactured, brands, with official imports forming only a very small proportion of the market during most of the period under review.
  • American and Virginia blends dominate the import sector, with BAT's State Express 555 historically the most popular brand in both official and unofficial import markets, and Philip Morris' Marlboro in unofficial markets.
Reasons to Buy
  • Get a detailed understanding of consumption to align your sales and marketing efforts with the latest trends in the market.
  • Identify the areas of growth and opportunities, which will aid effective marketing planning.
  • The differing growth rates in regional product sales drive fundamental shifts in the market.
  • This report provides detailed, authoritative data on these changes - prime intelligence for marketers.
  • Understand the market dynamics and essential data to benchmark your position and to identify where to compete in the future.
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1. Overview

2. Market Size

3. Market Structure

4. Manufacturers & Brands

5. Taxation & Retail Prices
5.1. Taxation
5.2. Retail Prices

6. The Smoking Population

7. Production & Trade
7.1. Production
7.2. Imports
7.3. Exports

8. Operating Constraints
8.1. Advertising Restrictions
8.2. Health Warnings
8.3. Other Restrictions

9. Company Profiles

10. Prospects & Forecasts

11. Appendix
11.1. What is this Report About?
11.2. Time Frame
11.3. Product Category Coverage
11.4. Methodology
11.5. About the Author
11.6. Disclaimer
11.7. Contact Us

List of Tables
  • Table 1: Cigarette Consumption, 1990-2018
  • Table 2: Per Capita Consumption, 1990-2018
  • Table 3: Market Breakdown: Domestic vs. Imported, 2007-2017, % of Total
  • Table 4: Market Breakdown: Plain vs. Filter, 1998-2010, % of Total
  • Table 5: Manufacturer Sales & Market Share, 2000-2017, Million Pieces
  • Table 6: Manufacturer Sales & Market Share, 2000-2017, % of Total
  • Table 7: Average Pack Price (US Cents), 2001-2007
  • Table 8: North Korea Cigarette Prices (2017) - Local Brands
  • Table 9: North Korea Cigarette Prices (2017) - Imported Brands
  • Table 10: Smoking Population, 1990-2017
  • Table 11: Smoking Incidence by Gender, Age & Location, 2012, % of Total
  • Table 12: Production of Cigarettes, 1990-2017, Million Pieces
  • Table 13: Cigarette Imports, Million Pieces, 1990-2016
  • Table 14: Imports to North Korea from Major Supplying Countries, 2006-2016, Million Pieces
  • Table 15: Company Profile: North Korean General Tobacco Corporation
  • Table 16: Company profile: SUTL(1)
  • Table 17: Consumption Forecasts to 2028
List of Figures
  • Figure 1: Methodology
  • Figure 2: At a Glance
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  • North Korean General Tobacco Corporation
  • SUTL
  • KT&G
  • BAT
  • Jilin Provincial Tobacco
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