The Export of Electronic Cigarette Lighters is Rising in January

According to the statistics of Wenzhou Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, Wenzhou exports 7.245 million pieces of different cigarette lighters with a total value of USD 7.256 million, increasing by 15.21% and 10.08% respectively on a year-on-year basis. Among different types of exported lighters, the export of electronic cigarette lighters grows rapidly to 0.47 million pieces, a worth of USD 0.55 million, rising by 121% and 129% respectively year on year.

Cigarette lighter was once a main industry in Wenzhou. In the late 1980s, Wenzhou factories began to produce metal lighters at a competitive cost, making them a big player in the international market. In the peak time, there were more than 5,000 lighter factories in Wenzhou, producing 600 million pieces of metal lighters annually to take up 80% of the metal lighter market in the world. However, along with the launch of child resistance laws in U.S., Europe and Japan etc., and the worldwide anti-smoking campaigns, the global lighter market has been shrinking. The number and size of Wenzhou’s lighter suppliers are declining.

In recent years, Wenzhou has taken great measures to stabilize the export of Wenzhou’s cigarette lighters. For example, guidance on the laws and regulations of importing countries is offered to help lighter exporters to develop emerging markets. Meanwhile, the lighter factories are encouraged to upgrade their production to new products. The fast growth of electronic cigarette lighters has played a big role in offsetting the fall of the export of traditional cigarette lighters.


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