EXPORT BRIEFS

EXPORT BRIEFS

US CIGARETTE EXPORTS

ROSE 16 PERCENT LAST YEARWhile per capita use of cigarettes in the United States fell about 5 percent from the 1988 rate, world cigarette trade increased about 12 percent, according to Verner Grise of the U.S. Agriculture Department's Economic Research Service.

During the first nine months of 1989, U.S. cigarette exports were up 16 percent from a year earlier, with all the major markets buying more, Mr. Grise said in the March issue of Farmline magazine. In the "relatively small markets," sales also rose in South America but declined in Australia-Oceania and Canada.

"Shipments from the United States, West Germany, the Netherlands, Hong Kong (which is also an importer) and the United Kingdom were up, while those

from Bulgaria and Belgium-Luxembourg were down," he said.

Among the cigarette importing countries, the most important markets are the Soviet Union, France, Japan, Italy, Hong Kong and Turkey.

PLANE EXPORTER LOSES

SUPREME COURT APPEAL

WASHINGTON - A California businessman sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined $6.6 million for selling two airplanes to Libya lost a Supreme Court appeal Monday.

The court, without comment, let stand Edward Elkins' conviction and sentence for conspiracy and violating U.S. export restrictions.

Mr. Elkins, who owned a Santa Maria, Calif., company that made armored products, was convicted in a 1987 federal trial in Georgia of selling the planes for $87 million to a West German company owned by Libyans. Mr. Elkins made a $7 million profit on the sales.