China Tobacco has approved four Dominican Republic cigar brands, Arturo Fuente, EP Carrillo, PDR Cigars, and La Galera Cigars for entry to China. The approved sales area covers seven major regions across China, namely Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangdong, Shandong, Zhejiang, and Sichuan.
Diplomatic relations between the Dominican Republic and China commenced in 2018, and in November 2019, the Dominican Republic was Guest Country of Honour at the International Cigar Expo (ICE) in Shenzhen. Numerous brands were represented at ICE and brand owners including Carlito Fuente, Litto Gomez, Abe Flores, Jochy Blanco, and Radhames Rodriguez attended. One of 20 initial Memorandums of Understanding signed was regarding cigars and tobacco to formalise the entrance of Dominican Republic Cigars into China.
“It is an honour to be partnered with one of the greatest cigar distribution companies in the world: China Tobacco,” said Carlito Fuente. “The Fuente’s have been involved in the premium cigar industry for generations and cherish the values and tradition which have forged the pillars of the family business. We share the same values, quest for perfection and friendship,” affirms Carlito. “Our mutual respect and appreciation will transcend generations and I’m looking forward to being united soon again with my friends in China!”
H.E. Briunny Garabito Segura, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic in the People’s Republic of China stated that the important efforts to modernize and