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The Tobacco Industry in Mozambique
BY Stephen Timm
Mozambique
24 February 2020
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The Tobacco Industry in Mozambique


Mozambique’s tobacco industry forms part of its agricultural sector and contributes about a third of total agricultural exports and almost 4% of the value of the country’s total exports of goods and services. The majority of the agricultural sector is made up of subsistence farming, with mostly small family farms growing tobacco alongside other crops. About 130,000 to 150,000 farmers grow tobacco in Mozambique. While demand for tobacco in traditional global markets has been declining, Asian and African demand has been growing steadily and leaf sourcing is moving to low-cost producing countries, making the Mozambican tobacco sector attractive for investors.


Growth factors


The government is drafting an updated Strategic Plan for Agrarian Sector Development to transform the agricultural sector from predominantly subsistence to a more competitive one. It is also looking to boost investment in the sector through six corridors, which it runs in partnership with private investors. Recent large natural gas deposits discovered in the north hold much promise for the economy, which has been improving but is characterised by a lack of diversity, with the agriculture sector accounting for about 30% of GDP and around 72% of the labour force.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on The Tobacco Industry in Mozambique and includes latest available information on the state and size of the sector and factors that influence it, including economic and climate factors. There are profiles of four companies including British American Tobacco, which has one of its three southern African plants in Mozambique, and Universal’s Mozambique Leaf Tobacco, which dominates the growing and processing of tobacco. Emperor Tobacco Mozambique, which was setting up a manufacturing facility in Maputo to manufacture its brand Rico, is also profiled as is major distributor JT International South Africa.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. COUNTRY INFORMATION 1
2.1. Geographic Position 2
3. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 5
3.1. Industry Value Chain 5
4. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 7
5. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 9
5.1. Local 9
5.1.1. Regulations 10
5.1.2. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 11
5.2. Continental 11
5.3. International 12
6. INFLUENCING FACTORS 13
6.1. Government Support 13
6.2. Economic Environment 14
6.3. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 16
6.4. Labour 16
6.5. Marketing 17
6.6. Health Concerns 17
6.7. Environmental Concerns 17
6.8. Industry Social Initiatives 18
6.9. Illicit Cigarettes 19
7. COMPETITION 20
7.1. Barriers to Entry 20
8. SWOT ANALYSIS 20
9. OUTLOOK 21
10. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 21
11. REFERENCES 22
11.1. Publications 22
11.2. Websites 22
APPENDIX 1 24
Summary of Major Players 24
COMPANY PROFILES 26
BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO PLC 26
EMPEROR TOBACCO (PTY) LTD 30
JT INTERNATIONAL SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 32
MOZAMBIQUE LEAF TOBACCO LDA 34