1963 – The First International Tobacco Trade Congress

The First International Tobacco Trade Congress

6 – 16 March 1963

In 1947, international economic forces upset the market place and resultant negotiations resulted in the “London Agreement” which offered preferential buying opportunities for United Kingdom manufacturers, thus compromising the concept of free and unfettered auctions. The agreement was revised in 1953 and remained in force until 1961. The free and unfettered auction system was re-introduced in 1962.

In 1963 the industry hosted a gathering of some of the world’s top scientific minds for the CORESTA Third World Tobacco Scientific Congress which was followed by the First International Tobacco Trade Congress.

The congress was held at the Rhodes National Gallery between 6th – 16th March, 1963 with 200 delegates attending from 30 countries. An exhibition was held at Rhodesian House, London in connection with the congresses that covered all aspects of the tobacco industry. Also included was a display of the Rhodesia & Nyasaland 1963 World Tobacco Congress stamps, a collection of world tobacco stamps, and equipment used in the photogravure printing process.

Stamp Releases

Post Offices & Postmarks

Commemorative Covers


  • James Gavin