Dominican cigar exports reach US$1.0B in 2020
Santo Domingo.- Dominican cigar exports reached US$1.0 billion this year, due to the increase in world consumption.
However, the local industry has yet to meet the international demand, as several weeks working with reduced personnel prompted a fall in production.
Nevertheless, yearend growth expectation for cigar exports is 4%, compared to 2019, said Dominican Republic Cigar Producers Association president Hendrik Kelner Casals.
“This has caused this industry to react and that is why a plan was made to relaunch the sector and a school for cigar makers has been created and they are even working on Saturdays,” said the businessman.
He said the United States is the leading tobacco buyer, at 85%.